According to most IT professionals, IT certification is a “stepping stone” to high wages. As a result, we analyzed data from professional course supplier Global Knowledge to determine the top 10 IT credentials with the most significant earnings worldwide. These figures are based on what Global Knowledge’s clients learn and how much they will earn once they graduate. Based on professional descriptions and pay ranges, we’ve chosen the following ten top options: The full five qualifications are all related to cloud computing and project management.
From a monetary standpoint, the average yearly income for these 10 IT credentials ranges from 130k to 175k US dollars.
Let’s take a look at the most in-demand IT professional skills certifications in 2020, as well as the salaries associated with them.
The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL, Information Technology Infrastructure Library) fell from seventh to tenth place this year. It is the world’s most well-known IT infrastructure library. This has been the case for the past 30 years. It includes a collection of best practices for providing IT services to meet the demands of organizations. IT operations, emergency management, capacity management, and availability are only a few of the essential professional topics covered by this vast subject. Its best practices aim to manage IT resources, regulate or lower IT expenditures, and enhance IT services.
The ITIL Foundation certification is the first level of this program and gives an overview of the IT service life cycle. Managers that are certified by the ITIL Foundation earn an average of $130,000 per year.
9.Item 6-Data Center Virtualization, VMware Certified Professional
VCP-DCV: VMware Certified Professional 6-Data Center Virtualization is a new position (VMware Certified Professional 6: Data Center Virtualization). This certification verifies the knowledge and abilities needed to create a scalable virtual environment using VMware Sphere 6. Virtualization technologies, including vSphere High Availability and Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters, will be deployed, integrated, and managed by certification candidates.
This certificate allows IT workers to earn an average of 7.4 professional certifications, the most on the Global Knowledge list. IT workers with this qualification earn an average yearly income of $130,000.
This year, AWS Cloud Practitioner is a newcomer to the top ten. It serves as the foundation for several prominent cloud computing certifications. AWS Solutions Architect, Developer, DevOps Engineer, and SysOps Administrator are other cloud computing credentials available.
The AWS Cloud Practitioner foundation certification is for professionals who want to learn about AWS cloud services in general. People frequently earn this certificate early in their employment as an introductory level certification since it serves as a springboard for obtaining more professional AWS certifications in the future. The supply of AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certifications will continue to rise this year as the market’s demand for cloud and AWS cloud management develops.
The AWS Cloud Practitioner certification confirms the practitioner’s ability to establish fundamental cloud architecture, architectural concepts, and essential AWS services. Certified specialists should be able to define the platform’s basic security and compliance. According to Global Knowledge, more than 12% of IT workers in the United States aim to acquire this certification by 2020. Their annual income is $131,000 on average.
The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA, Certified Information Systems Auditor) is one of the most prestigious certifications available. The CISA certification is a new addition to this year’s list, and it attempts to evaluate candidates’ auditing, risk management, and cybersecurity abilities. Companies engage CISA-certified IT specialists to ensure that their most valuable assets are kept safe and secure.
You must pass the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) test to earn this credential. Auditing information systems, IT governance and management, information system acquisition, development, and implementation, information system operation, maintenance and service management, and information asset protection are topics covered in the test. An IT auditor is the most suitable employment position for this qualification. CISA credential holders earn an average of $132,000 per year.
6.CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
If you work in analysis, auditing, systems engineering, or other similar disciplines, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification may be the right fit for you. The CISSP is a certification for information security professionals. This group of people is primarily in charge of defining the architecture, management, design, and control systems that will assure the company’s security.
If you pass the exam, you may anticipate an average yearly income of 141,000 US dollars (certification needs at least five years of relevant experience). It’s worth noting that even if you’re certified, you’ll need to acquire continuing education credits every year to maintain your certification.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) established and managed the Project Management Professional (PMP, project management expert) certificate, one of the most well-known projects management credentials. Obtaining this credential validates your project management and project teamwork skills. Startup, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and shutdown are the five areas in which you must pass exams.
However, before you can take the test, you must first complete at least 35 hours of appropriate training. You’ll require 4,500 hours of project management experience if you have a bachelor’s degree (7,500 hours for those without a degree). It will take several years to obtain PMP certification, but it is well worth the effort. The average annual income for PMP certification is currently USD 133,000.
The CRISC (risk and information systems control certification) exam will examine your abilities in four key areas: detection, assessment, reaction and mitigation, and management monitoring and reporting. CRISC was once the ninth most popular IT certification. However, it has recently risen in popularity. This reflects the entire industry’s increasing focus on analyzing IT hazards in the workplace. CRISC certification may be worth pursuing if you have more than three years of relevant experience (required for certification) and find finding and managing risks highly fascinating.
A CRISC-certified expert may earn an average of US$146,000 per year if they pass the exam and find a suitable job. This test has 150 questions and takes around four hours to complete.
The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification increased from ninth to third place this year. It has risen to the top of the pay scale, primarily concentrating on information security management. Your responsibilities will include developing and implementing security policies as well as overseeing corporate security. You can visit business divisions outside of IT as a CISM to engage with its stakeholders face-to-face. The ISACA website and this exam location can both be used to register for the exam.
The income of CISM is likewise quite substantial. According to Global Knowledge, a CISM may make an average of US$148,000 per year. If you pursue this path, you’ll have to take 200-question examinations on areas like information security governance, risk management, and incident management.
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect (AWS Certified Solutions Architect) credential made a comeback last year, and it is now the second most sought-after IT qualification. The AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam will assess your knowledge of AWS and your ability to develop systems on the platform. This certification may be precisely what you need if you have genuine AWS expertise and are used to creating extensive distributed systems.
Candidates must pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect-Associate (SAA-C01) exam to earn this credential. You’ll also need to get the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification initially. Before completing this test, AWS advises acquiring one year of practical design experience on AWS. The PSI Center in the United States manages the trial, which lasts 80 minutes. Successful AWS Certified Solution Architects earn an average of $149,000 per year.
1: Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect
It initially appeared on the list in 2017 and has since led it for two years in a row. IT workers that get this certification are regarded as Google Cloud Platform cloud architects (GCP). After completing this certification, you can demonstrate your competence to design, create, and administer Google Cloud architecture utilizing GCP technologies.
To earn this certification, you must have a thorough grasp of the issue and know which solutions to use in various scenarios. The need for cloud technology is still great, and most companies will need to grasp Google’s tools for safe, scalable, and dependable solutions shortly. Professional cloud architects certified by Google earn an average of $175,000 per year.
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