IT Certifications

it certifications in demand 2012IT certifications validate your ability to use a specific technology or perform a particular IT job role.

Information Technology (IT) is a rapidly growing field, and the knowledge possessed by IT professionals cuts a wide swath. With so much information out there and technologies changing every day, getting certified is the best way to differentiate yourself from competing job candidates and prove your contemporary skills to hiring managers and employers.

While certifications don’t guarantee you a position, they often put a job candidate’s resume over the top or gain you a decent pay premium over non-certified competitors. To get certified, you must pass one or more certification exams - typically a combination of multiple choice questions and simulated real-world challenges.

Benefits of IT Certification for Individuals:

  • IT certifications make you stand apart from competing candidates in a competitive job market.
  • Earning the latest IT certifications proves your skills are current in a rapidly changing field.
  • Certified technology professionals earn higher salaries than their non-certified counterparts.
  • Certified IT professionals earn respect and credibility among colleagues and employers.
  • Independent consultants and analysts can leverage certifications to win new business.
  • 40% of certified pros credit IT certifications for helping them land a job or promotion.
  • Committing the time and resources to get certified proves your dedication to your IT career.
  • Certified professionals gain access to a global community of like-mined professionals.
  • IT certification increases your career options; some companies, and even certain industries,
    such as the opportunity-rich Government IT sector, only hire certified professionals.

Benefits of IT Certification for Businesses:

  • 75% of IT Managers believe certifications are important to team performance.
  • Companies can use IT certifications to invest in and promote their most promising employees.
  • IT certifications allow businesses to quickly assess candidate skill level and find the right person for the job.
  • Companies employing certified IT professionals experience lower turnover and increased productivity.
  • 66% of managers believe certifications improve the overall level of service and support offered to IT customers.

In-Demand IT Certifications (by vendor):

(Sources: 2010 IBM White Paper - Value of Certifications; 2010 Redmond IT Salary Survey; 2006 IDC Study - Value of Certifications; 2007 MCP Customer Satisfaction Survey; 2009 Amazon Consulting Report - The Value of Training and Certification; International Data Corporation study - Benefits and Productivity Gains Realized Through IT Certification)

Subject Matter Expert Contributor

IT Subject Matter ExpertDaniel Greenspan is an enterprise IT education specialist and entrepreneur living in New York City. Working closely with IT professionals, world-class trainers and technology executives since 2005 has afforded him a unique insight into the IT job market and the skills and credentials IT professionals need to succeed.

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