What IT/Tech Certifications Have Value Relative to Salary and Job Opportunities?

There are a vast, and increasing, number of technical certifications available.  A big question many people have is what is the value – if any –  of an individual spending the time and money to obtain a certification.  Will the certification increase prospects for employment?  Will the certification increase the salary of the holder?

A study published by TechRepublic “2008 IT skills and salary report“, gives some insight into the salaries of various certification holders:


TechRepublic also published another report identifying the following IT-specific certifications as being the “Top 10” relative to increasing employment opportunities:

  1. Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) or Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) (formerly MCSE)
  2. Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)
  3. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  4. Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
  5. GIAC Security Expert (GSE)
  6. Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  7. Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)
  8. Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)
  9. Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
  10. Certifications for Special Situations (including VoIP)

CompTIA has a comprehensive list of IT/Technical certifications.


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