10 Best U.S. Cities Under 50,000 For CCNAs
Cisco CCNA certification is an ideal credential for jobseekers hunting for an entry-level networking career position. A search of job openings on the Indeed.com job site shows that the CCNA is a desired professional IT certification for openings in each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
These stats are pulled from the interactive State of IT map.
It's not surprising that these openings are clustered in and around the usual IT job hubs, like New York, the Bay Area, Washington DC and the Beltway, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston. Just looking at Washington DC, you'll see many opportunities in towns such as Alexandria, Falls Church, and Hyattsville — all towns with populations of less than 50,000, but part of an almost continuous metropolis.
What if you want to get away from big cities and suburban sprawl? Our job data indicates that there are plenty of CCNA job opportunities in smaller cities across the country. We picked 10 cities for you, so let's look at our selections.
10. Cornelius, Oregon
Cornelius — a small Oregon town of 14,000 people — lies to the west of Portland. Companies hiring CCNAs in the area include local IT technology services companies Kelley Imaging Systems and Pacific Office Automation, as well as the U.S. Army.
Our job search revealed 504 job openings for CCNA-certified professionals in the Cornelius area. The outlook is also good for further career development. The search indicated 288 job opportunities for the next-level CCNP certification.
Also, Cornelius is just 12 miles from Nike headquarters in Beaverton and 21 miles from Portland, OR, both of which are dynamic IT job hubs.
9. McKeesport, Pennsylvania
From the North West, we now go to the traditional coal mining and steel heart of Pennsylvania. Mckeesport is a city of 48,000 people, 16 miles down the Monongahela River from Pittsburgh.
Businesses in McKeesport and the surrounding area have job openings for 532 CCNAs and 460 for the next-level professional accreditation. The area has mostly small to medium businesses such as United Medical Products, as well as the U.S. Navy's Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory across the river in West Mifflin. This means that there are numerous IT technical services providers — like CDW, Expedient, and NetScout that have CCNA job openings in the area.
8. Brookfield, Wisconsin
Next, we'll go to Brookfield in "America's Dairyland" — Wisconsin. A city of 41,000 inhabitants, Brookfield lies to the west of Milwaukee. Brookfield has job openings for 548 CCNA-certified networking professionals. Companies such as Aurora Health Care and Johnson Controls have job openings in the area for CCNA-certified individuals.
In terms of career advancement, Brookfield is the home of financial services technology provider Fiserv, while engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton is next door in Wauwatosa. Of course, Brookfield is an easy commute to Milwaukee, where technology intensive employers such as Rockwell Automation and Harley-Davidson are headquartered.
7. Rome, New York
Now back to the far north of the Empire State of New York, we'll go to Rome, a city of 43,000 situated east of Syracuse. Rome has 700 job openings that require candidates to hold CCNA certification.
Companies in the area with CCNA job openings include AmeriCU Credit Union, the New York Power Authority, and IT services firms NCI Information Systems and ACC Technical Services. In nearby Utica, employers include surgical-device manufacturer ConMed Corporation and Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare health care system.
6. Casselberry, Florida
Next, we're off to central Florida, where Casselberry is a town of about 41,000 people that lies northeast of Mickey Mouse's Orlando Disney World home. Companies hiring CCNAs in the Casselberry area are generally IT services firms including Lockheed Martin, Leidos (formerly called SAIC), Motorola Solutions, Internap, and Northrop Grumman.
There's a healthy IT job situation in and around Casselberry, with 860 job openings that require professionals who hold the CCNA certification.
5. Cayce, South Carolina
Let's now move down south to Cayce, SC. Situated just outside South Carolina's capital city — Columbia — Cayce is a town of nearly 12,000 people. The city is also the home of SCANA Corporation, which owns multiple electric and gas utility companies and other energy facilities in the South Eastern U.S. There are job opportunities for 870 CCNA-certified professionals in Cayce and the surrounding area.
Hiring employers include the State of South Carolina and data-comm provider Motorola Solutions. Career advancement opportunities are also strong, with the nearby capital city Columbia and adjacent West Columbia offering a combined 7,078 CCNA job openings and more than 3,400 next-level CCNP positions.
4. Leawood, Kansas
Next, we'll go to the Midwest to Leawood, KS, a city of 33,500 that is adjacent to Overland Park and south of Kansas City, KS. Companies hiring CCNA professionals in the area include the U.S. Army, health information technology provider Cerner Corporation, cybersecurity firm FireMon, and health information technology supplier Netsmart Technologies.
Leawood offers 1,074 job positions for CCNA professionals and 480 openings for CCNP certified pros. Leawood's location close to Overland Park and Kansas City means that career development opportunities are strong. Between them, those cities offer nearly 12,000 CCNA job openings and 5,000 slots for certified CCNPs.
3. Paradise Valley, Arizona
We're not in Kansas anymore. We're in Paradise Valley, Arizona, which is reputed to be the wealthiest town in Arizona. With a population over 17,000, Paradise Valley has 1080 job openings that require CCNA certifications. And there's room for your career progression, with 734 openings requiring the next-level CCNP certification.
Companies looking to hire CCNA certified professionals in the area include technology reseller CDW, beverage distributor Swire Coca-Cola, health care insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
#2 Watertown, Massachusetts
Back on the East Coast in Massachusetts, we're going to Watertown, a city of 32,000 on the Mass Turnpike outside of Boston. Watertown has 1,118 job opportunities for CCNA professionals and 856 for the CCNP-certified technicians.
Companies hiring CCNA professionals in the Watertown area include the Partners HealthCare hospital network, telecom service provider Granite Telecommunications, financial services company State Street Corporation, and IT services companies Sikich LLP, CDW, and Raytheon Professional Services. Other large employers in the city include the Tufts Health Plan, New England Sports Network, infrared scanner/sensor manufacturer Exergen Corporation, and healthcare services firm athenahealth.
1. Aiea, HI
Finally, for our last stop, we'll fly all the way over to the State of Hawaii, to Aiea on the island of O'ahu. Aiea is a city of 40,000 people which overlooks Pearl Harbor. The city offers 1,472 job opportunities for CCNA professionals and 612 for technicians certified at the CCNP level.
Employers looking to hire CCNA-certified IT professionals include the U.S. Army, HMSA — Hawaii's largest health insurer, defense contractors Trace Systems, Hexagon U.S. Federal, and General Dynamics Information Technology, as well as numerous IT services companies such as Leidos, Capriccio Software, and Akiva Technologies.
We've been all over the continental United States and across the Pacific to Hawaii to visit some of the cities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants that offer terrific job opportunities for qualified CCNA professionals. We picked just 10 out of more than 350 cities that each had 500 or more CCNA openings listed. There are probably more near where you live — or would like to live.
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