I'm not sure where else to put this but hopefully a few of you could help me out.
I work full time in a completely non-tech related field that I am not entirely happy in and in the next year or so I am considering going back to education and learning about and working in a sys admin/networking role.
First of all, is this possible without going to college full time for a degree? A route that I have seen into this is CompTIA A+ / CompTIA Network+ then the MCITP - Server Admin cert. Would this be a good way? Or would I be better with CCNA? A benefit for me would be that I can do those courses part time.
Would I be able to get a job in this area with the above certs under my belt? I.e. Is there something else I should ideally have (apart from a Bsc/BA), or would the CompTIA Network+ and/or the MCITP/CCNA be (generally speaking) sufficient?
Really, are there jobs out there for network admins? Is there a demand? From what I can see at least, most of the in demand IT skills at the moment are software based, I haven't seen a lot of job adds for network/sys admins, but that's only from a few searches on the job sites.
Any help would be appreciated!