Can CCIE or CCNP replace the need for a degree?

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Can CCIE or CCNP certifications replace the need for obtaining a degree to get a best job in the networking field.

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it can replace the need for an actual college degree but it will be harder to get the top jobs without the college degree unless you have years of on the job experience on your side. I would take experience over a college degree any day. but without the experience you will need the college degree to show that you are a more rounded person socially. A person that is very good at dealing with others will work out better than a geek that knows a lot about computers but nothing about dealing with people.

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  • Ed Tittel
    College degree versus "high-end certification" (CCIE, CISSP, SAP consultant, whatever) is a false face-off. Most employers don't want either one or the other: they want BOTH. The college degree shows the ability to get through a long-term, general program while the cert shows advanced knowledge in what ultimately is nothing more than a narrow niche of technology. I'd also urge you to heed Buddy Farr's observations about the need for experience on the job as well as certs or degrees (another BOTH situation, rather than either-or), In practice, earning these advanced certs takes years, as does earning a college degree. By taking small, incremental steps toward both goals you will probably serve yourself and prospective employers better than by tracing to race to completion on any single one to the exclusion of the other. HTH, --Ed-- (check out bio, resume, & pubs at
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Certificate knowledge / certified never replaces to obtaining a degree. Certificate can help to grow you on a particular field / area, while degree provides a thorough/ in details knowledge. It covers not only the same topic, also it provides knowledge related fields / area. But degree takes long time to complete, while certificate course takes short times.
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  • Yasir Irfan
    I agree with Ed Tittel, a degree cannot be compared with Certifications like CCIE or CCNP. Both have its own place and both are important. Formal education happens to be a stepping stone to start a career.
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  • ToddN2000
    I guess it all comes down to what is more important to the perspective employer..Many years ago I lost out on a programming position. It was someone I knew. This company put more stock in the degree as I had an Associates in the IT field and my friend had a BS in Liberal Arts..
    Perhaps if I had a certification to go with the AS I might have had a better chance. That was 30 years ago and times have changed as to what people are looking for. It never hurts to have both on your side.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Yeah, unfortunately, many people are going to weed you out because you don't have a college degree. I don't agree with that but it is what it is in our society. Still, in the end, your focus should be on the value that you bring to the marketplace. Your skills, your insight, your problem-solving, your decision-making and so on. Here's some additional insight on IT and security careers that might help.
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  • dsb1393
    For short term you can depend on certifications but a full time degree pays you well in longer term in both ways monetary as well as socially.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I re-read this post and wanted to add a few more cent's worth. At the end of the day, it's what I said above plus this one key element that's often hard to find in our industry.
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