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Looking ahead at new and emerging certifications provides insight into the areas deemed valuable in the IT industry. If you are an early adopter or in a position where you need to show that you have the bleeding-edge expertise of a technology, this list of recent and upcoming certifications is for you.
Google Cloud certifications had a breakout year according to the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report. GCP Cloud Architect is the top-paying IT certification in North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), while Google Cloud salaries are 34% higher than the average for North America. As more IT departments adopt multi-cloud strategies, Google Cloud skills are increasing in popularity.
Lots of great information comes out of Global Knowledge’s annual IT Skills and Salary Report. Not least of which are the reported salaries for those who have earned Microsoft certifications—the ultimate barometer for a Microsoft professional’s market rate.
ISACA certifications are some of the most popular and highest-paying in the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report. Eleven percent of IT professionals in the United States and Canada are ISACA-certified, and their salaries are 12% above the North American average.
Pursuing at least one Citrix certification has the potential to unlock a host of benefits ranging from above average salaries to greater prestige in the workplace thanks to improved knowledge and capabilities resulting from certifications.
There’s a reason why one out of four certified IT professionals in North America hold at least one CompTIA certification. IT professionals who hold at least one certification have higher salaries, are more productive and generally are more satisfied in their job than their non-certified peers.
Of the 12,271 IT professionals who participated in the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Survey, 1,011 respondents said they hold an AWS certification. The average salary of an AWS-certified IT professional is roughly $130,000, ranking as one of the highest-paying certification categories in North America.
One-third of North American IT professionals expect Cisco to be an emphasis for their organization in the next year. A lot of that is due to reputation—Cisco skills and certifications are considered some of the most valuable in the industry.
This year, CISSP-certified IT professionals have the third highest global salary ($116,573) and the 10th highest in North America ($123,815). This is nothing new—CISSP has ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. each year since 2015, even coming in first in 2018. CISSP is a top-paying certification year after year. But how has it remained so relevant and valuable?
According to our IT Skills and Salary Report, 85% of professionals possess at least one certification. That’s a ton of competition in the industry. And the general consensus is the more certifications, the better. So why are so many IT pros and decision-makers putting such an emphasis on certifications? Why is so much investment devoted to training?