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15 Most Popular IT and Business Certifications for 2014
In this report, I've reviewed the 15 most popular certifications according to our more than 12,000 North American respondents to our annual IT Skills and Salary Survey. For each certification, you'll find a brief description, the average salary, and some insight into why it is popular.
2014 IT Skills and Salary Report
The results are in, and analysis is complete from our seventh annual IT Skills and Salary Survey. This was our second in partnership with Windows IT Pro and one of the industry's largest with more than 12,000 North American respondents. Download your copy to learn how your salary, bonus, job function, and other factors compare to your peers.
Ten IT Skills on the Brink of Extinction
IT is constantly changing with regard to skills, infrastructure, and service delivery. So much so that IT skills gained two years ago may well be obsolete today. That means the skills college students learn in their freshman and sophomore years can easily be irrelevant by graduation. Keeping up can be a challenge. There are way too many mission-critical projects needing completion. Only people with the right knowledge, experience, and skills will be moving up instead of moving on. To help you stay ahead of the game, here are ten IT skills that are on the brink of extinction.
Top Ten IT Skills for 2014
Organizations are moving strongly toward Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) access, bringing outsourced activities back in-house, and finding ways to make use of the growing amounts of data flowing in from many new sources such as social media. These factors create an increasing shift in required and desired skills showing up in IT departments. Hiring and salary surveys, such as the 2014 IT Skills and Salary Survey from Global Knowledge and Windows IP Pro, TEKsystems' 2014 Annual IT Forecast, Foote Research Group's 2014 IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index, Computerworld's annual Forecast survey, Robert Half Technology Survey, and information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Futurestep, Mondo, GovLoop, and Dice have presented a developing picture of the IT skills that will be in demand in 2014. Here, in survey order, are the top 10 major skills and why they made the list.
It's always a good idea to take stock of your skills, your pay, and your certifications. To that end, here is a review of 15 of the top-paying certifications for 2014. With each certification, you'll find the average (mean) salary and a brief description.
Tech Skills Heading the Way of the Dinosaur - 2013 Edition
IT is a very fast changing industry - what is hot today may be a tiny niche market in only a few years, while things few have heard of may be huge trends in the same timeframe. There are many new technologies on the way, and that means opportunities for those who watch for the coming trends, prepare themselves early on, and thus have experience when the demand picks up. There are many articles devoted to what is hot in the IT industry, so we won't rehash them here. Instead, we will focus on skills that are going away. If these skills are all you have, may soon you may be in an unemployment line. If these skills are the most recent ones you have, NOW is the time to update your skill set and prepare for the future.
IT Roles Facing Extinction
Today, there's a huge amount of focus on getting more efficiency using virtualization, the cloud, Web 2.0, networking, and mobility. Better efficiency and innovation will reduce the number of technicians needed for certain tasks within the datacenter. The following are some of the key areas where traditional IT administration skill requirements will be changing and where some skills will become obsolete.
The Investment Value of Training
This report discusses the growing significance of human capital and intellectual property on the performance, sustainability, and valuation of companies. It examines the business drivers for investing in the acquisition, development, and certification of knowledge workers as well as current technology and economic trends that are accentuating the critical need to invest in the education and training of employees and customers.
Geek Speak v3.0: A Glossary of Common IT Terms
Need to know the difference between copper and optical fiber? Want to learn what the acronyms PBX, PC, PCI, PCIe, PCM, PDA, and PDU mean? Our "Geek Speak v3.0" can teach you all this and more. An update to our popular v2.0 "Geek Speak", this white paper will teach you more than 925 popular IT words, phrases, and acronyms.
ITILŪ Benefits to the Business
Based on a survey of IT professionals who practice ITIL, this report analyzes important questions for those considering ITIL adoption, including: whether or not C-level commitment is required for ITIL success; whether ITIL is just a help-desk practice; and whether cost reduction is the key benefit of ITIL implementation. This report presents the results of the survey objectively and provides an understanding of what can be expected from following ITIL best practices.