I've been reading about MCSE and CCNA certifications and how many companies look to hire those who have these certifications. Before I really put the time into studying for these, I would like to know what you guys think about the current state of IT. The reason I'm asking here is because on dice.com(site where IT jobs are posted), the people on the forums are extremely negative. They continually tell people to stay away from IT and that the field is dying. They also keep saying that these certifications are now essentially useless. Are these guys just being bitter or is there actually some merit to what they are saying? I don't want to put in hours of time and money to get obtain these certifications only to have them not do much for me.