What is the true value of certifications?
There has long been a debate among IT professionals about the true value of certifications. Are they just a way for vendors to milk you for more money? Or do they really benefit your career?
In a recent survey of 700 network professionals, jointly conducted by Network World and SolarWinds, of the 74% that held certifications, most said that these credentials led to promotions, new jobs or pay raises. Forty percent said that certs increased their pay by more than 10%. Network professionals earning the highest wages also said certs boosted their careers. Not surprisingly, they also said that some certifications are more valuable than others.
Earning an IT certification doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you will walk right into a higher paying job. Certification counts for sure, but employers look at several factors, including geography, industry and experience.
With that said, here’s a list of seven top-paying certifications for 2013:
PMP: Project Management Professional—$105,750
The Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential is recognized as the most important certification for project managers. It is globally acknowledged, in heavy demand, and highly sought after by corporations and individuals alike. A Project Management Professional designation demonstrates that you have not only the experience but also the education to successfully lead and direct projects.
The PMP credential is for experienced project management professionals, as the qualifications and testing for this certification are rigorous, as are the required continuing education requirements. All of these factors ensure that the PMP credential is widely respected.
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CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional—$103,299
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential is primarily intended for security managers and professionals who develop policies and procedures in information security. The CISSP certification has become the gold standard in information security certifications and education. Earning and maintaining a CISSP certification is required for many government, military and civilian security positions.
The CISSP was the first credential in the field of information security, accredited by the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Standard 17024:2012.
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MCSD: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer—$97,849
Currently, there are three separate certification tracks for those seeking to earn this certification: MCSD: Windows Store Apps, MCSD: Web Applications, and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. Each MCSD track requires anywhere from three to six separate exams. Microsoft has introduced a recertification requirement for the new MCSD. Current certification holders will have to recertify every two years, ensuring that they remain current on the base technology that will have changed due to service packs, revisions, and new product releases.
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VCP-DV: VMware Certified Professional Datacenter Virtualization—$92,400
Virtualization, and those who are knowledgeable on virtualization products, are in heavy demand, especially those professionals with data center virtualization skills. VMware is one of the leading vendors of virtualization products, and earning a VMware certification is the first step toward gaining industry-recognized expertise in virtual infrastructure.
Earning the VCP-DV certification demonstrates that you have not only completed a VMWare-authorized training course but also have the necessary experience and training to successfully install, deploy, scale and manage VMware vSphere environments.
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ITIL v3 Foundation—$90,900
The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITILv3) is a foundational process that provides for quality IT service management. The success of ITIL is through the use of documented and proven processes that cover the entire service lifecycle. The ITIL expert level is the third of four levels. The ITIL expert-level certification is aimed at those individuals who are interested in demonstrating a superior level of knowledge of ITIL Version 3 (v3) in its entirety. Once you have achieved ITIL expert level, you will also satisfy the pre-requisite entry criteria for the ITIL master level; the highest level of certification within the ITIL scheme.
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CCA: Citrix Certified Administrator-Citrix XenServer 6—$90,850
The Citrix CCA is an entry-level certification. Earning this certification validates the candidate’s skills with one of 11 specific Citrix products, the most popular being XenApp, XenDesktop and XenServer. The Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix XenServer 6 certification validates the certified individual’s ability to effectively install, configure, administer, troubleshoot and maintain XenServer 6.0 Enterprise edition and Provisioning Services 6.0 in an enterprise environment.
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CCNP: Cisco Certified Network Professional—$89,749
The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) demonstrates that you have the ability to plan, implement, verify, and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks. A CCNP-certified individual is expected to work collaboratively with other Cisco specialists on advanced products such as security, voice, wireless and video solutions.
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Managers and IT Professionals increasingly use certifications as a benchmark to hire, increase performance and get ahead faster. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), a premier global provider of market intelligence:
75% of managers believe that certifications are important to team performance
66% of managers believe that certifications improve the level of service and support of IT end-users and customers
IT teams that include more than 50% of the team holding relevant certification show 15% improvement in capabilities
43% of all certified IT Professionals get a higher paycheck the first year following their certification
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