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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.

CAPM certifications are generally best for project managers, project coordinators and IT business analysts. While the average salary for CAPM certification will depend on your job title and seniority, data from PayScale shows the average salary ranges from $35,000 to $129,000 per year.

12. Project Management Professional (PMP)
The PMP certification is also offered through PMI, but takes a more advanced approach to project management. PMI states that a certification in PMP will let you “work in virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location.” To take the exam, those holding a four-year degree need 3 years’ experience in project management, 4,500 hours of leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education. With a secondary degree, you’ll need 5 years’ experience, 7,500 hours leading and direction projects and 35 hours of project management education.

IT professionals who can benefit the most from a PMP certification include IT project managers, directors of operations and IT directors. PayScale reports that the average salary for PMP certification starts at $58,000 and goes up to $177,000 per year.

13. Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
A CSM certification will demonstrate your abilities with Scrum, a popular agile framework commonly used to develop software and hardware. Scrum’s usefulness has expanded beyond the tech industry, as a framework to manage any large-scale business project, making it an even more valuable skill for your resume.

CSM certifications are best suited to IT project managers and software engineers. Data from PayScale shows that the average salary for CSM certification ranges from $56,000 to $142,000 per year.


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