Five Hot IT Certifications Currently in Demand
Many technology professionals believe IT certifications reached their peak back in the 1990s, at the height of the dot-com boom, and are no longer relevant. The real truth though is that IT certs are now more relevant than ever before!
Since the dot-com boom, IT certifications were reworked & improved. Accreditations were better mapped to real-world needs. Program flaws were eliminated. Training programs improved.
More Reasons why IT Certifications Still Matter
- Certifications are excellent for boosting your personal or company image
- New-generation certifications are increasingly more relevant
- Certified IT professions are trained to reduce downtime
- Career advancement goes hand-in-hand with technical certification
- Learning on the job isn’t always ideal or professional
Below are the top five in-demand IT certifications for 2013, based on expert opinion, research and Google trends.
1. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
Microsoft unveiled the latest crop of new certifications in 2012, driving a large spike in popularity. Earning a 2012 MCSA certification in 2013 will give you a foundation in basic information technology know-how and prepare you for higher Microsoft certifications.
Here are the most popular MCSAs:
2. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Private Cloud
This Microsoft expert certification has been reinvented for the cloud, and after only eight months, the Private Cloud certification is already as popular as the rival CompTIA and CCP cloud certifications.
The popularity of cloud computing has increased demand for IT professionals who can build private cloud computing solutions using common technology platforms. Microsoft is also discontinuing the popular MCITP program in 2014 and directing individuals to become MCSE’s. This makes 2013 the perfect year to obtain the MCSE certification and get jump start on those who convert in 2014.
3. Project Management Professional (PMP®)
Project management is a classic, foundational skill that evolves with new technologies and will never become outdated. A strong understanding of project management enables IT professionals to plan, budget, manage time and reduce costs.
With many companies reducing staff and seeking more efficient operations, project management skills will make IT professionals more effective and add another dimension to their resumes.
4. VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Virtualization, or the creation of virtual computing platforms, is used to improve scalability and reduce infrastructure costs in hardware-intensive computing environments. The virtualization industry is young and full of potential, and VMware is the industry leader in both virtualization software and virtual certifications.
5. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Organizations must protect their systems, data and networks, and information security architects are in high demand. With the shift towards storing data in cloud systems, security experts have a vital role to play in ensuring these systems remain as secure as servers maintained in-house.
Among the variety of security certifications available, the CISSP certification is highly respected, extremely popular and generally receives the highest average salary.
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