Those with A+ certs usually work in help desk, tech support, or PC technician roles. These jobs actually fall short of system/network administrator roles and responsibilties. Getting there usually requires a platform cert of some kind (Novell CNA/CNE, Microsoft MCSA/MCSE, Red Hat RHCE, Linux LPI Level1&2, Solaris 9 Sys/Net admin, etc.). Only after that is is reasonable to talk about getting past the title of administrator. At that point, all kinds of specialties become possible, including information security, database analyst, protocol analyst, infrastructure specialist (CCNP, CCDP, CCIP), telephony or VoIP specialist, and so forth. If you've got specific technical interests, I suggest you follow them to see where they will lead by researching certs available, jobs possible, and so forth. You'll find sites like CertCities.com, GoCertify.com, CertMag.com, and www.informit.com/certification to be valuable sources of information in helping you get educated on these subjects.
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