What are the career options for an expert in Wi-Fi?

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As in any industry, the best way to pursue a career in Wi-Fi is to network with people in the field.  80% of available jobs are never posted online.  That is why we have been discussing how to communicate with WLAN industry professionals. That being said many jobs are posted online on WLAN vendor websites as well as job search engines such as www.indeed.com  - Use search terms use as CWNA, CWNE, 802.11, etc
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So who is hiring? There is a lot of different type of positions with the industry. A big problem in the enterprise is that numerous VARs are deploying Wi-Fi without any knowledge of Wi-Fi design and deployment.  I would venture to say that their are more Wi-Fi positions available then there are qualified people.
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VARs need people to perform site surveys. People are needed for design and deployment. People are needed for monitoring and troubleshooting. Wireless managed service providers (MSPs) also need people with the same WLAN skill-sets. There is also a lot of contract work available.
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Larger enterprise companies very often need employee(s) to function as full-time WLAN administrators.
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What are the roles WLAN professionals can play in various organizations?


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WLAN vendors also are also looking for personnel.  For example: http://www.aerohive.com/company/careers
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Rasika Nayanajith

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Lot of wireless related positions advertised here in Apple as well
https://www.apple.com/jobs/us/corporate.html#ist
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We have salary information here based on independent surveys: http://www.cwnp.com/about/
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The're a lot of headhunters from all over the world searching for network people at linkedin. Are there people who have their job found via a headhunter?
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I have found jobs both with and without recruiters.  Not surprisingly, when offers come from people who know me, they're usually looking to take advantage of skills they know I have.

(For the record, I did not find my job at Aerohive through a recruiter.)
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Those are some big figures.  CWNE's never have trouble finding high-paid work. There is a huge demand for qualified CNWAs as well.  Keep in mind that your value goes up when you have multiple networking skill-sets. For example, a networking professional with both WLAN and VoIP skills will be in high demand.
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I get headhunters contacting me all the time.  I tell them that I am very happy at Aerohive, thank you very much.
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>>What are the roles WLAN professionals can play in various organizations?

Site survey professionals.  WLAN design professionals.  RF engineers, WLAN network administrators
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That's the gamut on the user side.  You can also do research on Wi-Fi for publications, or you can join the dark side by making products.  When I first saw a Wi-Fi access point, I had no idea almost a decade later, I'd be a task group chair at 802.11!
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I have 20 years experience in IT and have configured and deployed virtualized environments as well as desk top and wlan (both Aerohive and Aruba gear).  I have been a generalists working for a school district.  I am now considering freelance work as a consultant, focusing primarily on wlan.  Since wireless technology is expanding rapidly, besides becoming certified are there other tips on how to get your "name" out there?
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John...  get active on Twitter. Write WLAN blogs. Attend WLAN industry events. Market yourself and your skill sets and you will have tons of consulting work
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That's true David, based on the feedback I'm getting through my blog mrncciew.com, I know lots of people know me. "blog" is a very powerful tool & there are not many out there in wireless space.