A Cisco Certified Network Associate is an information technology professional who is qualified to operate and maintain medium-size computer networks. A CCNA installs, configures, troubleshoots and maintains IT systems and may specialize in routing and switching, data center, security, service provider operations, voice and video technologies. Recertification is required every two years and is achieved by retaking the previous CCNA test or passing a higher level examination.
In 2012, the mean salary of CCNAs was $89,923 per year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for network administrators is expected to increase by 12 percent through 2022, which is on par with the expected average growth rate for all occupations. CCNAs can expect their salaries to increase along with their experience and tenure.
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- Techopedia: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
- Cisco Systems Inc.: Associate Certifications
- Cisco Systems Inc.: How to Recertify
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Network and Computer Systems Administrators
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