Is an MCSE or a CCNP degree more valuable to an employer?

1,545 pts.
Tags:
CCNP
Cisco
Cisco certifications
economy
IT jobs and career development
jobs
MCSE
Microsoft
Microsoft certifications
Networking
Networking certifications
With the economy the way it is, is it better to have a CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) or MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) certificate? I don't have time to complete both courses and I'm urgently seeking employment.

ASKED: October 20, 2009  2:02 PM
UPDATED: April 7, 2012  12:32 AM

Answer Wiki

Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.

Dear NetworkingATE:

Depends on whether you want to be a Windows server/desktop guy (MCSE, though you should probably get into the MCTS and MCITP series instead; Windows Server 2008 is getting kind of old and outmoded) or a networking infrastructure guy (CCNP). Both are good certs, and highly regarded by employers, so you should let your interests dictate your choice and direction. Over time, you could even do both (Or at least the upgraded version on the Microsoft side which would be MCITP: Enterprise Admin, MCITP: Server Admin, or even the soon-to-be-released (June 2012) MCITP: Private Cloud Admin. Cheers!

–Ed–

Discuss This Question: 8  Replies

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when members answer or reply to this question.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
  • NetworkingATE
    I agree. It depends on your interest and skills. Are you a networking person or do you like servers? Smaller organizations need one person to do both but larger organizations typically have specialists.
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Syphun
    Where can i get complete resource to study for MCTS or MCITP free. . . .LOL I am Kinda broke and i want to write them certs Please help My mail addy iDOTsifonATgmailDOTcom thanks peeps
    185 pointsBadges:
    report
  • NetworkingATE
    [...] Read the rest of this great post here [...]
    0 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Betojoe1980
    Hi, My name is Alberto and im become lost with my job because i love working with cisco, and in my company they whant to keep me in windows server 2008, but the way i see is better follow Linux or Solaris to my future, but now i dont know what i can do ? Any one could help me but explain if i can join Cisco with Solaris or Linux , im ready to leave this job and take training for this areas that can give give me best knowledge and future. Thanxs
    100 pointsBadges:
    report
  • S-factor
    It depends on you interests and the IT world requirements. I will advise you thoug that you do MCSA and also CCNA. It doesn't hurt to know. Actually MCSA prepares you for networking basics, getting CCNA will really help in real world scenarios. For syphun, you can get dumps, not too recent though in http://4shared.com. Cheers
    270 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Betojoe1980
    S-factor Thanx to make me understand what i really have to do. Cheers
    100 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Ingeotronics
    if i was you I would take both !
    10 pointsBadges:
    report
  • patrickScott12
    In the world where we live in any one can be an IT geek as long as he wish but in the organization where competition is the situation, specialization is the matther here. In the room before you walk in for your interview might be you MCSE or CCNP would be the certs that talk for you and offcourse that definitely does it all.
    140 pointsBadges:
    report

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

To follow this tag...

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Thanks! We'll email you when relevant content is added and updated.

Following