CompTIA conducted a survey of employers to better understand their attitude toward IT certifications when hiring.
here’s a summary of their findings:
- Two-thirds of employers use IT certifications to distinguish between equally qualified candidates.
- 72% of employers require certification for certain job roles.
- 60% of organizations use IT certifications to validate a job candidate’s subject matter knowledge.
- Two-thirds of employers think IT certifications are very valuable – in 2011 this number was only 30%!
So, if IT certifications are desired, which ones do employers value the most?
here’s the list we compiled from various sources – in no particular order.
- Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
- Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer for Virtualization
- Check Point Certified Security Administrator
- Certified Information Security Manager
- CompTIA Security +
- TOGAF 9 Certified
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional
- GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator
- Certified Information Systems Auditor
- Project Management Professional
- Certified Computer Examiner
- VMWare Certified Design Expert – Cloud
- VMWare Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization
- VMWare Certified Design Expert 5 – Data Center
- Cisco Certified Design Associate
- Cisco Certified Network Associate Wireless
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator-Associate (Cloud)
- AWS Certified Developer
- CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst
- CCNP Routing and Switching
- E-C Council Certified Security Analyst
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
- Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Applications Lifecycle Management
- Mongo DB Certified DBA
- Lean Sigma Six
- ITIL v3 Foundation
- Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT
- Certified Ethical Hacker
- Certified ScrumMaster (Scrum Alliance)
- Certified Novell Engineer
- Juniper Networks Certified Associate - Junos
Remember, this is only a partial list – and no list of desired certifications stays fresh for very long as technologies and markets quickly evolve.
Keep in mind that the value of a certification is not set in stone.
Do your homework before deciding on which certification(s) to pursue.