The 21st century has rightly been described as the age of computers and the internet! Computers have evolved and mushroomed in India within the last 2- 3 decades. Before that everything was on paper and tasks were performed manually. After the rise of computers, the profession of hardware and networking is in big demand. Uses of a wide range of gadgets like computers, mobiles, laptops, desktops, etc. have made hardware and networking quite popular.
A hardware professional deals with various hardware components like chips, motherboard, the computer system (CPU), modem, external hard disk, printer, keyboard, etc. Computer hardware professionals look after the maintenance of systems while networking involves joining or connecting two or more systems for sharing data and information. Thus, the professionals who are involved in the R&D of computer hardware and networking are called hardware networking engineers. Besides maintaining the computer, they are liable for designing the hardware installation and manufacturing process.
In India, there are various courses offered for hardware and networking. The courses comprise certification courses, diploma, degree or international certification. The duration of the course depends upon the complexity level of the course. The aim of all these courses is to offer practical knowledge about hardware and networking so that the candidates can handle real-time situations.
In India, colleges or institutions related to software engineering provide engineering courses in hardware and networking. There are various national and international courses like MCSE, UNIX admin, JCHNE, MNA, ICHNP, CNE, Red Hat, ACHNP, Novell, Linux, Cisco, N+, security courses. There are various institutes in India that offer part-time or full-time hardware networking courses. Some of these institutes are Jetking, Cognex, Avera Academy, IIHT, Onix, KCLBC, etc
Hardware and networking professionals can find plentiful jobs in many sectors like education, films, hospitals, banking, animation, etc. as most of these sectors require computers. The use of one or many computers is inevitable today. Thus, hardware and networking come into the picture. Software companies, call centers, system design companies, hardware manufacturing companies, telecom industries, BPOs, hardware repair shops, etc have a number of jobs available for hardware networking professionals.
Based on educational qualifications and more than that the technical experience, there are various job profiles available for hardware networking professionals like system integrator, system assembler, technical support executive, computer manufacturer, chip designer, system administrator, system managers, system engineers, electronic data processing managers, etc. Apart from working as an employee, one can also go for self-employment and set up one’s own hardware and networking firm. Thus one can work as freelance hardware and networking professional. However, whether self-employed or employed elsewhere, one has to keep him or her updated and at par with the changing technologies.
Since hardware and networking are in big demand today, remuneration is also quite rewarding. • Some well-known hardware and networking companies are Hewlett-Packard, Casio India Company, Intel Corporation, Dell, etc.
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