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10 Recession-Proof IT Careers

10 Recession-Proof IT Careers

Eric Dahl / Inside Tech

March 19, 2009

#8 Wireless Network Manager

When’s the last time you walked into an office without a wireless network? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? And I bet you were upset when you looked around for access points and couldn’t find one. Wi-Fi has become an assumed part of any real office network, and its unique benefits and security concerns have created a nice niche for specialized IT workers.

While pay growth has slowed for wireless network managers in recent months, the differential is still up some 30% over the last year. Even better, wireless networking is one of the easier skills to pick up while you’re working at an IT shop: Most organizations use wireless networking, and those that do are likely to want an on-staff expert in the technology. Volunteering to become that expert can enhance your job security and set you up for future positions.

Salary: $72,000

Education: A BS in an IT related field (Information Technology, Management of Information Services, etc.) is strongly preferred. Several wireless networking certifications are also available to enhance your qualifications, such as Planet3’s Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) and Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP).

Experience: Successful candidates will have several years of experience in network management with at least a couple years working specifically on wireless networks.

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