The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification validates an individual’s ability to design, install and manage network systems based on Microsoft Windows Server. MCSEs are usually capable of managing IT solutions both on-site and in the cloud.
MCSE credential offers specialization in the following areas.
- MCSE: Business Applications ( Focused on Dynamics 365)
- MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure ( Focused on Server and Cloud)
- MCSE: Data Management and Analytics (Focused on SQL, BI and Data Science and Analytics)
- MCSE: Mobility ( Focused on Client OS and Devices)
- MCSE: Productivity ( Focused on Server, O365, Skype for Business, SharePoint)
Let us also understand the five basic and essential facts that a candidate must know before deciding to study for the certification.
MCSE requires a candidate to possess at least two years of relevant work experience. For entry-level candidates, a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, networking or computer information systems is recommended.
The MCSE certification also demands a candidate to earn an MCSA certification relating to their area of expertise or specialization prior to enrolling for the MCSE exam.
A candidate must possess knowledge and skills in the following domains in order to get certified.
- Data center management
- Identity management
- Systems management
Validity and Recertification
An MCSE credential is valid for three years, although technically, the certification is valid till the time the technology exists. After that, the credential no longer remains current and requires a candidate to pass an additional elective exam to stay ‘current’.
An MCSE certification allows you to remain competitive in areas such as a computer or network support, network management, database design and computer systems administration. It also serves as a proof that a candidate is updated with the latest technological advancements and wishes to remain active in the field opted.
Job Profiles, Career and Salaries
Numerous well-paid jobs are immediately made available to a candidate upon earning an MCSE certification. The job profiles pertaining to this certification include Information Technology Manager, Network Engineer, Database Administrator and Systems Administrator.
MCSE certification also provides candidates with job security during adverse scenarios as it gives an extra edge to the candidates over others.
As per Global Knowledge, the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification holds a significant place in the list of 15 highest paying certifications. The average salary that this certification lets an individual earn is $100,656 per year.
Overall, the average salary of an MCSE certified individual lies between $44,429 per year to $110,757 per year, as per a report generated by Infosec Institute. It is important to note that though an MCSE certified individual always enjoys the perks of a high salary, the salaries vary greatly according to the location, experience in the field and the current market scenario.