Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The (Alleged) Recession's Impact on CCIE Numbers

With the performance of the stock market and layoff announcements rising, even though it's not official yet I think it's pretty safe to say the US has been in a recession for at least the past quarter.

The question I ask is, does a recession make more or less people attain their CCIE? I could see two possibilities here. First, perhaps the fear of a tightening job market would drive some to get this certification knocked out. On the other hand, having less money to pay for training and lab attempts, along with perhaps a lower possibility of rewards from passing, may cause some to put the CCIE on the back burner.

Between March and September, the rate of attainment of new CCIEs was 9.7 per day. According to, their latest CCIE number as of November 5th was 22542, vs 21910 on September 3rd. Therefore, over the past two months, this equates to 10.0 CCIE numbers awarded per day.

Now this is hardly a scientific study, since I don't have access to the exact amount of CCIEs given out on a particular day and I'm comparing a 6 month timeframe to a 2 month timeframe.

But it certainly does appear that this global economic slump is having no effect, or even a slightly positive effect, to the attainment of new CCIEs.

1 comment:

Aragoen Celtdra said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the recession gives someone an extra push towards finishing their CCIE.

It's generally the trend that when the economy is stagnant, unemployment is high, and job openings are low, people tend to flock towards the universities and community colleges to update their skills.

If you look at some of the studies and trends in the past months, you'll no doubt find countless news clips and articles pointing towards this assertion. This article from a couple of days ago is just one example.

Numbers also show that enrollment in all California State Universities and community colleges are "way" up this semester - attributed to the recession.

I'm not surprise if attaining the CCIE is not an exemption from this phenomena.