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:
- Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) or Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) (formerly MCSE)
- Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
- GIAC Security Expert (GSE)
- Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
- Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)
- Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)
- Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
- Certifications for Special Situations (including VoIP)
CompTIA has a comprehensive list of IT/Technical certifications.