The world is changing; we are living in the age of information technology wherein the old manual ways of managing our day to day business / personal tasks have been replaced by computer and networking systems. Practically there is no field that which hasn’t seen the implementation of computer & networking systems to manage its day to day business activities. There are different hardware devices namely stand alone computer systems, computer servers, physical parts or components of a computer system, such as the monitor, mouse, keyboard, computer data storage, hard disk drive (HDD), graphic cards, sound cards, memory (RAM), motherboard, and so on. There are different networking devices as well namely – Hub, Switches, Bridges, Routers, Brouters, Gateways, Network Cards, Modems and so on. Professionals are required at all levels to manage computer hardware and networking systems within the organization and home setups.
The size of computer hardware and networking is directly linked to the size of computer hardware and networking systems industry. The overall size of Indian computer hardware and networking systems market, which comprises stand alone computers, servers, printers and others, stood at USD 15.87 billion (2015), showing a growth of 23.98 per cent over the previous year (2014). 10.6 million units were sold in the year 2015 though there is huge consumer preference for smartphones and tablets. It is true that for personal use smartphones and tablets are being preferred more as compared to laptops and desktops, however, for commercial use there is no shift in demand.
Huge demand for computer hardware and networking systems from the government and private sector creates numerous career opportunities for hardware and networking professionals at all the levels. Careers in computer hardware and networking: System Administrator, Network Administrator, System Engineer, Computer Hardware Engineer, Network Engineer, Technical Support, Help Desk Engineer, IT Technician, IT Administrator, Field Service Technician, Database Security Administrator, Intranet Specialist and so on. The sector demands specialized skills and qualification; courses in computer hardware and networking – Certification in Hardware and Networking, Red Hat Linux Certification, Windows Certification, Cisco Certification, Network Security and so on.
Hardware and networking courses would only give some theoretical knowledge to the candidates; however, learning on the job is a pre-requisite in creating rewarding and successful careers in computer hardware and networking industry. The hardware and networking professionals usually start out as field service engineers wherein they are usually put on to maintain the individual hardware units. At entry level the hardware engineers can expect salary in the range of 8k to 10k; however, it increases gradually with the increase in experience and skills acquired. Hardware and networking field offers promising career opportunities, however, choosing the right course & gaining relevant experience is extremely important for the right career growth.
No matter how big today the smartphones and tablet market is but the demand for laptops, desktop systems, servers and other networking products cannot be replaced. The sector is all set to create lifetime career opportunities for computer hardware and networking professionals at various levels across different industry verticals namely – IT industry, banking & finance, Insurance, textiles, pharmaceutical, medical industry & so on.