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The 13 most valuable IT certifications today

Sarah K. White | June 15, 2017
Looking for a leg up in your IT career? IT certifications remain a proven way to quickly gain valuable skills and demonstrate deeper interest and know-how in a domain that will further your career.

3. Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Microsoft promises that the MCSD certification will help you “get hired, demonstrate clear business impact and advance your skills.” This certification focuses on building apps designed specifically for Windows products – a skill that will be especially valuable at companies creating customized in-house applications.

The most common job titles associated with an MCSD certification are software engineer, architect, developer and programmer. PayScale reports that, depending on your job title, the average salaries for MCSD certification start at $50,000 and go up to $150,000 per year.

 

ISACA certifications
The ISACA was originally founded in 1967 as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, but now goes by the acronym to acknowledge the “broad range of IT governance professionals” the organization serves.

4. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
The ISACA describes the CISA certification as a “globally recognized certification for IS audit control.” It focuses on demonstrating your capabilities in every stage of the auditing process, your ability to report on compliance procedures and how well you can assess vulnerabilities.

CISA certifications are commonly associated with IT auditing roles, including senior information technology auditor, information security manager and security analyst. Data from PayScale shows that the average salary for CISA certification starts at $48,000 and goes up to $171,000 per year.

5. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
To obtain a CISM certification, you need at least “5 years of information security experience and three years as a security manager,” says Reed. The certification is specifically tailored for workers responsible for building, designing and managing enterprise security initiatives.

CISM certifications are best suited for IT security professionals, such as information security managers, security offices, security analysts, CIOs and IT security architects. According to PayScale, depending on your job title, salary for CISM certification ranges from $59,000 to $225,000 per year.

6. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
The ISACA touts the CRISC certification as the “only certification that prepares and enables IT professionals for the unique challenges of IT and enterprise risk management, and positions them to become strategic partners to the enterprise.” This information security certification demonstrates your abilities in risk management, assessment, mitigation, response, monitoring and reporting.

CRISC certification is best suited for IT auditors, CIOs, information security officers, systems audit managers and security managers. PayScale data shows that the average salary for CRISC certification can range from $93,000 to $181,00 per year, depending on your job title.

7. Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
Holding a CGEIT certification shows employers you’re skilled in valuable governance knowledge. The importance of IT only grows as technology dominates the enterprise, so businesses want to hire someone who can manage the intricacies of compliance. Reed notes that this is one of the “most sought-after certifications in IT, commanding among the highest salaries.”

 

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