The IT industry offers a multi-pronged career roadmap in key technology areas for individuals new to the field and IT professionals in transition.
Regardless of the path chosen, CompTIA credentials can be essential stepping stones in achieving this goal.
CompTIA certifications like CompTIA A+, the entry-level rite of passage for IT technicians, and CompTIA PDI+ for printer and document-imaging technicians are the foundation for roles including computer service technician, help desk technician, network support technician, field support technician and service center technician.
Foundation programs including CompTIA's entry-level CompTIA A+ certification to CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI for professionals with 12 months experience and CompTIA Server+ and CompTIA CTP+ following 18-24 months experience can lead to job functions including server technician, system administrator, network support technician, Internet systems administrator and field support technician.
Security / Networking
Building on the fundamentals provided in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI, CompTIA Security+ covers network security, compliance and operational security, cryptography, threats and vulnerabilities, and identity management for security professionals with at least two years experience. Sample job functions include Internet security specialist, network analyst, systems administrator, database administrator and software engineer.
As the U.S. transitions to electronic medical records, the healthcare IT industry is exploding with opportunities for skilled professionals who have both healthcare and IT knowledge.The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate covers the knowledge and skills required to implement, deploy, and support healthcare IT systems in various clinical settings. Sample job functions include implementation support specialist and technical/software support specialist.
For project managers, the intermediate-level CompTIA Project+ examines the entire project management process from initiation, planning, execution through to closure. Besides project manager, this path can lead to functions including technical writer, data architect and program manager.
Demonstrating a level of competence in basic technology skills is a valuable asset in the business administration field. CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals offers validation in basic technology knowledge. This can lead to job functions including sales engineer, account manager and business development manager.
The expert-level CompTIA CTT+ certification trains prospective technical instructors in classroom preparation, presentation techniques, communication, facilitation and evaluation in both traditional and virtual classroom environments. Successful completion steers professionals on this path toward job roles including certified technical trainer, eLearning designer and technical writer.