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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.

CGEIT certification is more common for upper-level and senior-level employees including vice president of IT, IT director, IT security manager and CIO. PayScale data shows that the average salary for CGEIT certification range from $127,000 to $140,000 per year.

Cloud computing

Cloud computing has emerged as a crucial platform for modern businesses to store and manage massive amounts of data, and to host applications and infrastructure. As a result, cloud computing skills and certifications can help advance your career and, with the right certification, even increase your salary.

8. MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
Microsoft’s MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification is a sub-category of the generalized MCSE certification listed above. This certification focuses solely on Microsoft’s cloud technologies, which includes areas like storage, networking, virtualization and systems and identity management, says Reed.

MCSE certification is most valuable for IT managers, directors, systems administrators, system engineers and network administrators. PayScale data shows that the average salary for MCSE certification ranges from $47,000 to $145,000 per year.

9. VCP6 – DCV|
VMWare’s latest VCP certification, VCP6 – DCV, specifically targets skills to troubleshoot vSphere V6 infrastructures. VMWare cites it as one of its most popular certifications, globally. To obtain this certification you must first be VCP certified, which is the base level of VMWare’s certification program.

VCP certification is best suited for systems administrators, IT managers and systems engineers. PayScale data shows that the average salary for VCP certification ranges from $48,000 to $126,000 per year.

10. AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional
AWS remains the top cloud platform of choice, and its AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional program is aimed at IT pros seeking to design distributed applications and systems on AWS. Candidates are required to already have AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate credentials, as well as two years of experience on AWS.

Because the certification requires previous work with AWS, it is best suited for IT administers, systems engineers, and developers familiar with Amazon's cloud. A Global Knowledge survey of IT professionals from last year pegged the median salary for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional at $125,000.

 

Project management

Project management is crucial in hardware and software development – it’s how businesses can oversee the development process from start to finish. Project managers are responsible for pushing products through the development cycle and ensuring they are properly maintained once launched. For an IT professional, a certification in project management can demonstrate proficiency in planning, scheduling, organizing, executing projects and delivering solid results.

11. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
CAPM certification is offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI) – Reed touts this certification as an “ideal entry-level credential.” A CAPM certification will help those just starting out in project management develop their skills and knowledge to gain more experience.

 

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