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By Dudley Lehmer | Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How to Pass the CompTIA Network+ Exam — for IT Jobs

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At a time when some industries are shedding jobs, IT offers a wider range of entry-level positions and career advancement opportunities than just about any other field.

Consider these facts:

  • There are currently over 500,000 job openings for IT professionals in the U.S., according to CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association.
  • Over the next decade, U.S. employers are expected to need 140,000 network system and data communications analysts, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • The average salary of a network engineer is $91,000.
  • Industry observers are sounding the alarm about a growing networking and security skills gap.

But if you want a job in IT, you’ll want to get CompTIA certified. 91% of hiring managers indicate that CompTIA certifications—which range from A+ to Network+ to Security+ and beyond—are valuable in validating expertise. Earning IT certifications is how you show employers you’re advancing your skills and are ready for the next step.

lynda.com is now a CompTIA Authorized Content Provider and has new seven new courses to help you prep for the Network+ certification exam.

But we’ve also put together some study tips to help you get ready for the test:

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