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2018 IT Skills and Salary Report

Your comprehensive and global guide to what’s happening in the IT field.


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About the report

The Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report continues to provide the most informative and revealing insights of the inner workings of worldwide IT departments. This year’s report is comprised of surveyed data from 16,200 respondents from North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.

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Report highlights

Certified IT professionals in the U.S. and Canada make 22% more than non-certified peers.

Security jobs command the highest average global salary of nearly $82,000 per year.

Globally, 89% of IT professionals have at least one certification, up three percent from 2017.

The value of certifications and training

In our 2018 IT Skills and Salary Report, IT professionals were nearly unanimous in their support for IT training as a means to build skills and expertise. Check out just some of our free training and certification resources.

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15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2019

What certifications should consider if you’re hoping to improve your salary? What are the up-and-coming certifications this year? We use data obtained from the 2018 IT Skills and Salary Report to answer both of these questions.

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Success in the Digital Age: The Value of Investing in People

To remain competitive in today’s market, businesses must cultivate knowledgeable employees and intellectual property to develop The Next Big Thing. We’ll tell you why and how to do just that.

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AWS-related salaries are increasing with the help of certifications

What it Takes to Earn a Top-Paying AWS Certification

With associate and professional paths, Amazon Web Services certifications are in high demand globally and translate into some of the top salaries for IT professionals.

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Selecting the right IT certification

How to Select the Right Certification for You

So you've decided to get certified. Great! Now what? We lay out the proper steps to take and the appropriate questions to ask when selecting your next—or first—certification.

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IT professional is reading and studying the latest IT Skills and Salary report results and findings

How to Convince Your Manager You Need Training

Whether you're requesting training for yourself or your team, be prepared to build and state your case for the business-delivering value of training.

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