Recently, one article has discussed the topic “5 Cisco CCIE Myths Debunked”. In this article, the author said Earning CCIE certification can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be daunting or scary.
Although this article tells us that we can pass the CCIE exam by studying hard, there is a question.
Is the CCIE still Worthy in 2018?
The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, or CCIE, is a technical certification offered by Cisco Systems. The CCIE certifies the skills required of network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructures on a wide variety of Cisco equipment.
Nowadays, there are many network hardware brands, such as Huawei, Dell, HP, etc. Cisco is not longer the sole one. The CCIE is also not the sole exam. There is a HCIE (Huawei Certified Internetwork Expert) exam…
We may stray from the point, let’s go back.
So, is the CCIE still worthy?
I’ve collected some viewpoints from the Internet.
For me, it’s simple math.
I plan on working for another 30 years.
I plan on investing approximately $10k into CCIE study materials and boot camps (paid for by my employer, but for the sake of these calculations let’s say it’s not).
I plan on investing 1500 hours of study time and value my time at approximately $50/hour.
That’s an $85k total investment, or $2,833/year over the next 30 years. Do I think a CCIE justifies a $2,833/year increase in salary? Absolutely. I’d say a CCIE could increase my current salary by around $20k/year at this point in my career. At this point in my life, another $20k/year could completely transform my lifestyle and provide future financial stability.
So yes, for me, it’s worth it. Not sure about you.
CCIE opens up a number of large business jobs which will have lots of salary and budget BUT they will also have lots of ITIL and bureaucracy that will make you hate life. There’s always give and take but you have to decide for yourself if you want that to begin with.
Holding a CCIE does not prove that a person can:
—- Jeremy Stretch
Short answer, so long as there are gold partners, and recruiters, yes. Cisco gold partners need CCIE, they must hire them.
Most higher paying $100K+ networking jobs will ask for CCIEs. Why because it is easier for a recruiter or an HR person check a box, that it is for them to tech check you.
On another note, try to get out of IT operations, it is a dwindling field, cloud, off shore, Managed Services are slowly reducing the need for Net Ops folks at most enterprises. Never mind Cisco ACI, and SDN. Network ops is always going to be overhead, and business love to cut overhead.
Instead position yourself as a consultant, or go work for a VAR as an architect or solutions architect, (with your CCIE) and focus on the requirements gathering, and architecture design.
Also Security is really hot, with lots of money being thrown at it. However CCIE in security is not as impressive as say a CISSP or other non-vendor security cert.
The most beautiful key ring in the world.
—- This guy may pass the CCIE exam.
Actually, these viewpoints are personal point and they maybe not reliable for us.
Actually, for this question, I don’t know the answer, either. After search and search, I find a figure telling you that about 38005 CCIEs in the world in 2013.
Except the figure, you can find a tool, CCIE Hall of Fame, to find the different number of CCIEs in the world.
So we can know that there are no public data can tell us the right number.
I think you are smarter than me. If you have other ideas to solve this problem, please share with me.
Return to the point, we can find there are many CCIEs though the exam is difficult.
If you still are in trouble when asking the CCIE’s values, I collected some advantages and disadvantages of the CCIE exam for you.
1. High Salary, the most important one.
The one who get CCIE certification can probably find a high-salary job.
According to Payscale.com, an employee who holds a CCIE Routing and Switching cert can earn between $60,048 and $168,860 annually, depending on his/her experience.
Here is a chart of Average CCIE Salary when starting, in 2014.
We can see the highest salary was $160,000 a year in 2014. Now in 2017, How much do you guess?
“The average salary for CCIE jobs is £65,000.
In October 2017, the average salary for CCIE jobs fell by £5,831 (10%). “
This information is from https://www.glassdoor.com , about the CCIE Salary 2017.
You just spend a period of time to study hard, then you can get a good job.
Sounds easy, isn’t it?
2. Promote to a higher office
If you pass CCIE, almost everyone think you have the superb ability in solving Network problems. It proves your ability and rich experience on network solutions. Your boss will trust you more and may push you into a higher position.
1. Work with Virtue of Experience, not CCIE.
CCIE exam isn’t about the real world. It’s about probing the depths of your knowledge of Cisco features. Everybody should know the obvious and simple solutions. That’s easy, and the CCIE lab exam is supposed to be hard, so it specifically excludes the simple and obvious solutions. So when a network engineer makes a solution always depends on his experience, not the certificate.
It’s like a driving licence. We can get licence easily but we still have to pay more attention to stop the traffic accidents.
2. Difficulty of the exam make you fail again and again
Difficulty of CCIE is a well-known reason that somebody can’t pass the exam. If you must pass the exam, you may pay much money and time. You may also lose the time to accompany your family. If you still fail finally, it maybe the most terrible thing in your world.
After discussion, we still can’t perorate.
Every coin has two sides.
In my opinion, spending time to discuss the question “is the CCIE still worthy in 2017” is a stupid behavior.
There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people’s eyes.
No matter it is worthy or it is not worthy, it exists. Everything which exist, has its reasons.
As long as Cisco System Inc. is alive, the CCIE will not die.
Finally, if you have other opinions, please leave your comments.