October 02, 2012

Many IT professionals agree that certifications have played a major role in advancing their career, but which certifications best fit your needs and career goals? We looked into current hiring, salary increase and other employment trends across IT professions to create a list of the 5 of the best IT certifications to advancing your career.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISS)

Being a vendor-neutral certification, CISS has been the standard benchmark for security pros for years and it will continue to be a great certification in the future. As IT Certification Master puts it “CISSP will be, as always, needed in all security departments.”

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Interested in moving into project management? You need this certification. There simply isn’t a better certification for Project Managers than thePMP. Coordinating efforts amongst a team and translating between technical and business languages is a key task in an IT organization, and project managers are rewarded well for it, according to CIO.com.

VMWare Certified Professional (VCP)

Cloud computing is growing, and the need for virtualization experts is growing because of it. This is a skill set that will be in-demand for years to come. And it only makes sense to be certified to use VMWare, the leading producer of virtualization software.

MCITP: Windows 2008 R2 Server Enterprise Administrator

Yes the iPhone 5 did just come out and everyone is excited. But let’s not forget, in business, we’re living in a Microsoft world. Not only is this certification vital for Database Administrators, but no matter which company you work with, large or small, you’ll be working with this technology. MCITP gives you a broad scope of knowledge that you can use almost anywhere.

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

ITIL expertise has dramatically increased in the past few years, and ITIL certified professionals should continue to be in demand. According to ITBusinessEdge.com “those with ITIL credentials can command a six-figure salary nearly $110,000— in addition to expanding their job options.”

Posted By: James Sweeney

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