Is Demand For CCIEs in the US Job Market Climbing or Falling?

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While perusing Brad Reese’s blog, I noticed a couple of recent articles asserting the following:

  1. The CCIE headcount in the US is actually declining.
  2. Of late, new CCIE numbers are being issued at the rate of ~9.3 a day.

Hmm…

  • In theory, if demand for the CCIE skill set is growing in the US, then CCIEs with the ability to work in the US should be a hot commodity. CCIEs who are American citizens are perhaps even hotter.  I can’t gauge if this is true or not.  I have one Cisco Gold Partner who has expressed a serious interest in me, but otherwise I haven’t been looking as I’m happily employed already.  If I got serious about job hunting, what would I find?
  • The high-tech job market outside of the US is booming. One of the comments on Brad’s blog indicated a demand for CCIEs in China and India.  That same commenter knows people who are moving back to India from the US.
  • CCIEs in the US aren’t maintaining their certifications.  Coupled with CCIEs who are heading out of the US back to their origin country, this has created a revolving door effect, where new CCIEs being added to the US program are negated by those who are leaving.

If you’ve got your digits and are in the US job market, what are you finding?  Are you in demand?  Are headhunters trying to land you with big compensation packages and other promises?  Or is it hard to get interviews?


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4 thoughts on “Is Demand For CCIEs in the US Job Market Climbing or Falling?

  1. I would have to think it is falling with the economy in its present condition. If things do indeed get worse for the economy I would only think demand for CCIE’s would come to a halt just as everything else.

    I am kind of in the same boat as you, I already have a great job and I am not looking. I have an offer already on the table for when I get my CCIE status with a silver partner. With the economy in its current shape I wouldn’t dream of leaving a stable job…

    If I already haven’t invested $6,000 of my own money into this I would probably wait to pay $1400 on a lab attempt and see how the economy pulls through all this mess.

  2. Ethan,
    I have seen demand remaining about the same for CCIEs. What I have seen increasing is the number of 3rd party recruiting agencies posting for the same positions. Monster is a good indicator of this trend as more agencies try and spread out their effotrts of more disciplines in IT. The CCIE population in the US is remaining about the same and I wuold not be surprised if it declines because even aging CCIEs seem to be pushing their children towards other areas of employment. In many cases we as parents push our children to take a higher step and increase there potential for success beyond where we have risen. For retiring CCIEs this may be the trend as well. The economy does have an impact on many sectors but Cisco Channel Partners are for the most part remaining healthy and a great place to turn when considering a career change. Not all channel partners are the same though so caution and research is always advised. If your readers have any questions I can always be reached at 302-438-1681

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