Computer Careers and Certification

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Computer Careers and Certification by Mind Map: Computer Careers and Certification

1. Objectives Overview

1.1. Describe career opportunities available in various segments of the computer industry

1.2. Discuss functions of jobs available in an IT department

1.3. Distinguish between trade schools and colleges

1.4. Differentiate among various computerrelated majors for college students

1.5. Identify ways to stay current with changing technology after graduation

1.6. List the benefits of certification for employers, employees, and vendors

1.7. Identify ways to prepare for certification

1.8. List the general areas of IT certification

1.9. Name some specific IT certifications in various certification areas

2. The Computer Industry

2.1. A demand for computer professionals continues to grow

2.1.1. IT is predicted to be the fastest growing industry for the next 10 years

3. Careers in the Computer Industry

3.1. Job opportunities in the computer industry generally are available in one or more of these areas

3.2. Employees in the IT department work together as a team to meet the information requirements of the organization

3.3. Employees also are responsible for keeping all the computer operations and networks running

3.4. Jobs in the IT department typically are divided into six main areas

3.5. The computer equipment field consists of manufacturers and distributors of computers and computer‐related hardware

3.6. Careers in this field are available with companies that design, manufacture, and produce computers and devices

3.7. The computer software field consists of companies that develop, manufacture, and support a wide range of software

3.8. Job titles might include

3.9. The computer service and repair field provides

3.9.1. Preventive maintenance

3.9.2. Component installation

3.9.3. Repair services

3.10. Requires a knowledge of electronics

3.11. Computer salespeople must possess a general understanding of computers and a specific knowledge of the products they are selling

3.11.1. Some work for computer equipment and software manufacturers, and others work for retailers

3.12. Corporate trainers teach employees how to use software, design and develop systems, write programs, and perform other computer‐related activities

4. Preparing for a Career in the Computer Industry

4.1. A trade school typically offers programs

4.1.1. Programming

4.1.2. Web design and development

4.1.3. Graphics design

4.1.4. Hardware maintenance

4.1.5. Networking

4.1.6. Personal computer support

4.1.7. Security

4.2. If you attend a two‐year college, check for an articulation agreement with a four‐year university

4.3. Three broad disciplines produce the greatest number of entry‐level employees

4.4. Many companies list their job openings, internship opportunities, and career opportunities on their Web sites

4.5. Job seekers can create a video resume

4.6. Computer professionals with common interests and a desire to extend their proficiency form computer‐related professional organizations

4.7. It is important to keep up to date on industry trends and technologies and to develop new skills

4.8. A user group is a collection of people with common computer equipment or software interests

4.9. Can be an effective and rewarding way to learn about and continue career development

4.10. Conferences, conventions, and trade shows are a great way to stay aware of new products and services

4.10.1. International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

4.11. Hundreds of computer industry publications are available

4.11.1. Computerworld

4.11.2. InfoWorld

4.11.3. PC Magazine

4.11.4. PC World

4.12. Web sites discuss or share opinions, analysis, reviews, or news about technology

4.12.1. Slashdot

4.12.2. The Register

4.12.3. AnandTech

4.12.4. Tom’s Hardware Guide

5. The Computer Industry

6. Preparing for a Career in the Computer Industry

7. A Guide to Certification

8. Summary

9. Certification

9.1. Certification is the process of verifying the technical knowledge of an individual who has demonstrated competence in a particular area

9.2. Vendor‐sponsored certifications offer many special benefits as incentives

9.3. Professional organizations also offer certifications

9.4. Selecting a certification requires careful thought and research

9.5. Computer certifications are available in these areas

9.5.1. Application software

9.5.2. Operating systems

9.5.3. Programming

9.5.4. Hardware

9.5.5. Networking

9.5.6. Digital forensics

9.5.7. Security

9.5.8. The Internet

9.5.9. Database systems

9.6. Certification training options are available to suit every learning style

9.6.1. Self‐study

9.6.2. Online training classes

9.6.3. Instructor‐led training

9.6.4. Web resources

9.7. Certifications are typically taken on a computer at a testing center

9.8. With computerized adaptive testing (CAT), the tests analyze a person’s responses while taking the test

10. A Guide to Certification

10.1. Application Software Certifications

10.1.1. MCAS

10.1.2. MCAP

10.1.3. MCDST

10.1.4. ACE

10.1.5. ACI

10.1.6. IBM Certified Professional for Lotus Software

10.1.7. Adobe Certified Associate

10.2. Operating System Certifications

10.2.1. MCTS

10.2.2. CLP

10.2.3. RHCE

10.2.4. RHCT

10.2.5. SCSA

10.2.6. IBM Certified Specialist

10.3. Programmer/Developer Certifications

10.3.1. CSDA

10.3.2. CSDP

10.3.3. MCPD

10.3.4. SCEA

10.3.5. SCJD

10.3.6. SCJP

10.3.7. SCMAD

10.3.8. ISB Certified Solution Developer

10.4. Hardware Certifications

10.4.1. A+

10.4.2. IBM eServer Certified Specialist

10.4.3. NACSE Hardware Technician

10.5. Networking Certifications

10.5.1. NCA

10.5.2. NCE

10.5.3. CCNA

10.5.4. CCNP

10.5.5. CCIE

10.5.6. MCSA

10.5.7. SCNA

10.5.8. Network+

10.6. Digital Forensics Certifications

10.6.1. CCE

10.6.2. CEECS

10.6.3. CFCE

10.6.4. CIFI

10.7. Security Certifications

10.7.1. CISSP

10.7.2. SCNA

10.7.3. SCNP

10.7.4. SCNS

10.7.5. SSCP

10.8. Internet Certifications

10.8.1. CIW

10.8.2. CWP

10.9. Database System Certifications

11. Summary

12. Objectives Overview

12.1. Discuss functions of jobs available in an IT department

12.2. Describe career opportunities available in various segments of the computer industry

12.3. Ditinguish between trade schools and colleges

12.4. Differentiate among various computerrelated majors for college students

12.5. Identify ways to stay current with changing technology after graduation

13. Careers in the Computer Industry

14. Certification

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