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15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2020

Article | Feb. 09, 2020

Based on survey responses from the Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report, this year’s highest-paying certifications reveal a strong emphasis on particular topics, such as cloud computing and cybersecurity. In fact, cloud and IT security make up the four top-paying credentials on this list.

15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2019

Article | Feb. 07, 2020

Based on survey responses from the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, the highest-paying certifications reveal a strong emphasis on particular topics, such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, networking and project management. In fact, cloud and project management dominate the top five spots.

10 Best Cloud Certifications to Pursue in 2020

Article | Jan. 09, 2020

If you’re looking to fortify your cloud expertise, there are a number of certifications to consider. We have compiled 10 cloud certifications that are sure to positively affect your career. 

Is Degree Deflation IT’s Solution for Hiring Challenges and Reducing Costs?

Article | Jan. 03, 2020

IT organizations could benefit from degree deflation. By deemphasizing college degrees during the hiring process, an open pipeline to more candidates could emerge, leading to diminished skills gaps and potentially lower payroll.

ITIL® 4 education: The story so far and what’s next?

Article | Dec. 30, 2019

ITIL 4 education has been undergoing its slow reveal for almost 12 months.  As the process is passing the halfway point, I’m committing my own and Global Knowledge’s thoughts to print. I’d also like to share with you some tips for continuing your ITIL education journey.

6 Benefits of PMP Certification

Article | Dec. 29, 2019

A Project Manager Professional (PMP) is an individual who has earned an industry-recognized project manager certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

How to Prepare for and Pass the PMP Exam

Article | Dec. 27, 2019

The demand for professionals who can successfully manage a project to completion is rising. Heavy demand means you will be able to command a higher salary and have the flexibility to choose projects you are passionate about.  

What is a Scrum Master?

Article | Dec. 09, 2019

Scrum serves as a framework for the development of software and other products. It helps teams collaborate and provides a way to address challenges and changes in order to deliver a high value product. The Scrum Master promotes and supports the framework (Scrum). A Certified Scrum Master (CSM) helps everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values.

Top Tech Trends and Predictions for 2020

Article | Dec. 06, 2019

Global Knowledge subject matter experts predict the top trends for 2020 in IT training, Microsoft, Cisco, AWS, cybersecurity and more.

Top 5 Risky Internet Behaviors

Article | Nov. 18, 2019

The Internet is not a safe place. We see that more than ever with the security breaches of businesses and individuals in the news on a daily basis. As Internet citizens, we need to take our protection into our own hands, as obviously most online services are not doing their best to protect us.

Tech the Halls: 12 Tech Gifts on our 2019 Wish List

Article | Nov. 11, 2019

We asked Global Knowledge’s tech enthusiasts for their ideal wish list items this year. Check out our list of the top 12 tech gifts of 2019.

Automation’s Role in Business Security

Article | Oct. 23, 2019

Ask any executive today about digital transformation and they’ll likely tell you about their organization’s plans to integrate cutting-edge technologies. 

Top Cybersecurity Certifications to Enhance Your Career in 2019

Article | Oct. 04, 2019

Managers are in dire need of cybersecurity professionals with specific skills. If you’re looking to advance your career, or transfer into the cyber field, now is the time to get certified.

The Next Cyberattack is Right Around the Corner—Are You Ready?

Article | Sep. 19, 2019

There’s a lot of pressure on IT decision-makers to fill the cybersecurity holes in their organization. The cyber skills shortage is palpable and growing. Cybersecurity is the most challenging IT hiring area in the world. Those of you expecting to hire your way out of your cyber skills gaps, we have some bad news for you—it’s not viable.

Help Wanted: Cybersecurity Professionals Needed

Article | Sep. 18, 2019

Cybersecurity is a top technology investment area around the globe, with over half of our survey respondents saying it’s a priority. It’s no longer a niche skill—every IT professional needs some cybersecurity knowledge.

18 IT and Business Certifications Worth Having

Article | Sep. 10, 2019

Here are 18 certification options, in no particular order, that are worth your effort based on site searches, feedback from subject matter experts and data in the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report.

Rising IT Skills Gaps Coincide with Drop in Instructor-Led Training Attendance

Article | Aug. 30, 2019

As IT professionals gravitate away from classroom training and toward on-demand courses and e-learning, IT skills gaps have spiked. Instructor-led training is still the best option to fill critical skills needs and shouldn't be pushed aside entirely for more convenient and cost-effective options.

The 10 Most Important IT Skills for 2019

Article | Aug. 30, 2019

With skills gaps plaguing the industry, these 10 skills are must-haves for all IT departments. It’s no coincidence that these skills make up a large percentage of the IT skills gap across the industry. Decision-makers are struggling to fill these job roles. The positions also pay well because of a lack of qualified professionals. If you’re looking to make an IT skills investment or start a new career path this year, these are the areas to consider.

Training is an Investment, Not an Expense

Article | Aug. 30, 2019

Explore how IT decision-makers’ training views have changed since we first released our annual IT Skills and Salary Report 12 years ago. Once viewed as an expense, IT leadership now sees professional development as an investment. Even with shrinking budgets and a recent rise in skills gaps, the value of training is currently at an all-time high.

How to Convince Your Manager of the Benefits of Training

Article | Aug. 28, 2019

After reading this article, whether you’re requesting training for yourself or your team, you will be better prepared to build and state your case for the business-delivering value of training.

IT Certifications: 5 New Realities

Article | Aug. 27, 2019

The value of IT certifications has grown considerably over the last decade. Examine the evolution of certification trends, see the top-paying certifications and learn how decision-makers are struggling to hire certified employees.

EC-Council Certification Guide

Article | Aug. 22, 2019

This quick reference guide will highlight the various certification tracks to help you find your path through the EC-Council programs.

New and Emerging Certifications for 2019

Article | Aug. 10, 2019

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 Skills in Demand as Organizations Seek Multi-Cloud Solutions

Article | Aug. 01, 2019

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.

You Could Make More Money Just by Moving

Article | July 19, 2019

If you’re worn out by daily road rage—how many middle fingers can you see in one day—or irked at the prospect of being taxed to death, maybe it’s time for a change. Future job opportunity, salary, cost of living and quality of life are a balancing act. We can’t tell you what to do, but we can let you know where IT professionals are making the highest average salaries in the U.S.

ISACA Certifications Deliver Big Returns to Organizations and Individuals

Article | July 16, 2019

ISACA’s role is to help those in the field of cybersecurity get greater utilization out of the people already in the fold. This means enabling IT professionals to take a leadership role and increase their depth of knowledge. Greater skills validation translates to being better able to leverage yourself into leadership positions. 

Top 10 Highest-Paying Microsoft Certifications

Article | July 16, 2019

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.

5 Highest-Paying ISACA Certifications

Article | July 09, 2019

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.

5 Top-Paying Citrix Certifications

Article | July 09, 2019

There’s undeniably good news for Citrix-certified IT professionals this year. 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. Simply put: Citrix certifications pay big dividends according to the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report.

CompTIA Certifications Are Building Blocks For IT Careers

Article | July 09, 2019

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.

How To Earn a Top-Paying AWS Certification & Salary

Article | July 09, 2019

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.

Top-Paying and Most Popular Cisco Certifications from the IT Skills and Salary Report

Article | July 09, 2019

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.

Why is CISSP a Top-Paying IT Certification?

Article | July 09, 2019

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?

How to Select the Right Certification for You

Article | July 08, 2019

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?

Ethical Hacking: A Good Defense Starts with Offensive Security

Article | June 21, 2019

There are two types of networks: those that have been hacked and those that will be. To defend against hacks, cyber professionals can benefit greatly from ethical hacking programs.

What Is Project Scope Management? An Overview

Article | June 21, 2019

Project Scope Management sets the foundation for the creation, development and successful delivery of a project. Learn about the project management process here.

Microsoft and Global Knowledge Help Organizations Maximize Technology Adoption by Attacking Skills Gaps Head On

Article | June 14, 2019

In 2019, Microsoft has thoughtfully adapted their curriculum to boost Azure skills adoption. And to further speed up Azure consumption, Global Knowledge has stepped in to support Microsoft’s evolution and their new strategy. We’re fighting change with change. And here’s how we did it.

Why Instructor-Led Training is More Critical Than Ever in Our Distraction-Heavy World

Article | June 14, 2019

Instructor-led training (ILT) allows the student to attend a live class taught by a subject matter expert they can interact with. When you need to gain skills that provide a high benefit or pose a critical risk to your business, instructor-led training guarantees your highest chance of success.  

How To Not Be Your Own Worst Enemy At Work

Article | June 10, 2019

Five tips for staying above the office drama that could cost you your job.

Why You Should Care About Private Group Training

Article | May 30, 2019

The benefit of Private Group Training (PGT), particularly when it comes to high-priority or high-risk skills, is it gathers a group of like colleagues together in front of a subject matter expert. PGT, which can also be referred to as onsite training, coordinates the group, eliminating the disparity between co-worker skill sets.