CompTIA IT and Cyber Career Pathways

A vendor-neutral pathway for IT professionals to achieve infrastructure and cybersecurity mastery, from beginning to end.

IT and Cyber Career Pathways

In general, the pathways follow a hierarchy of skills needed for a career in IT security or infrastructure; each certification builds upon the skills from the previous one. CompTIA certifications mirror the current job roles of IT professionals, so it makes sense to earn these certifications to gain the knowledge and hands-on skills currently being used in the workforce, whether you have job experience or not.

If you are an IT professional or an employer, you understand the value of on-the-job experience. IT certifications are a great place to start, but they are not a replacement. If you have CompTIA certifications and on-the-job experience, you have the best of both worlds.

Lets take a brief look at the CompTIA Certifications competencies and job roles they align to.

Core Skills Certifications


• Install software

• Establish basic network connectivity

• Identify/prevent basic security risks

• Explain troubleshooting theory and preventative maintenance of devices

Job Roles

• Sales Associate

• Account Manager

• Marketing Specialist

• Customer Support

CompTIA A+

• Identify cybersecurity threats

• Configure operating system security

• Understand security best practices

• Troubleshoot common security issues

Job Roles

• Technical Support Specialist

• Field Service Technician

• IT Support Technician

• IT Administrator

CompTIA Network+

• Understand networking services and applications

• Use appropriate network monitoring tools

• Understand network security vulnerabilities and remedies

Job Roles

• Network Administrator

• IS Consultant

• Network Field Engineer

CompTIA Security+

• Understand network security

• Identify and mitigate security threats

• Understand application, data and host security issues

• Implement access control and identity management

Job Roles

• Security Specialist

• Security Consultant

• Security Engineer

• Security Administrator

Infrastructure Career Pathway

CompTIA Linux+

• Configure kernel modules, network parameters and virtualization technologies

• Manage software and services

• Understand best practices for permissions and authentication

• Analyze system properties and processes

• Troubleshoot user, application and hardware issues

• Execute basic BASH scripts

Job Roles

• Linux Administrator

• Network Administrator

• Technical Support Specialist

• Web Administrator

• Systems Administrator

CompTIA Server+

• Understand, configure and support server components

• Support storage devices technologies

• Apply physical and network data security techniques

• Understand disaster recovery and implement backup techniques

• Diagnose and resolve system security issues

Job Roles

• Server Support Technician

• Server Administrator

• IT/Server Technician

• Storage Administrator

CompTIA Cloud+

• Analyze system requirements to execute workload migrations

• Determine proper allocation of cloud resources based on

performance data

• Apply appropriate technologies and processes,

including automation and orchestration

• Implement appropriate security controls given requirements

• Troubleshoot issues related to cloud implementations

Job Roles

• Systems Engineer

• Network Administrator

• Network Engineer

• Cloud Developer

• Cloud Project Manager

• Cloud Engineer

• Data Center Manager

• Cloud Business Analyst

Cyber Security Career Pathway

CompTIA PenTest+

• Plan and scope an assessment

• Understand legal and compliance requirements

• Perform vulnerability scanning and penetration testing

• Analyze data and effectively report and communicate results

Job Roles

• Penetration Tester

• Vulnerability Tester

• Security Analyst (II)

• Vulnerability Assessment Analyst


• Configure and use threat detection tools

• Perform data analysis

• Interpret results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risk

Job Roles

• Security Analyst

• Vulnerability Analyst

• Cybersecurity Specialist

• Security Engineer


• Conceptualize, engineer, integrate and implement

secure solutions across complex environments

• Translate business needs into security requirements

• Analyze risk impact and respond to security incidents

Job Roles

• Cybersecurity/IS Professional

• Information Security Analyst

• Security Architect

• IT Specialist INFOSEC

Professional Certifications

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+

• Explain cloud principles, identify cloud networking concepts

and storage techniques, and understand cloud design aspects

• Comprehend the financial aspects of engaging a

cloud provider, as well as the business aspects of

managing vendor relations in cloud adoptions

• Explain aspects of operating within the cloud, such as

data management, availability, and monitoring

• Understand how DevOps plays a role in cloud environments,

such as with provisioning or API integration

• Understand risk management concepts related to cloud services and

identify the importance and impacts of compliance in the cloud

Job Roles

• Business Development staff

that sell cloud services

• Technical Sales Specialist

• Business Analysts

• Business Process Owners

• Technical Support

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