We talk a lot about choosing the best platforms, languages, and cloud services but what about the best people? Developers, designers, content creators, and marketers are indispensable in the tech landscape but we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a saturated market. Which are the best certificates to pursue if you want to stay competitive?
Let’s break down some IT certifications. We’ll approach this from two angles; specific and supplementary.
Certifications for commercial applications like Oracle and SAP require a lot of dedication and are career-paths all on their own. Here are some paths you can go down if you’re looking to specialize.
The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification is the highest level of certification in Cisco’s programming. They offer a variety of certifications covering infrastructure to data security.
Passing your CCIE exam for expert-level certification requires you to have at least five years experience in the chosen subject of your certification. Once achieved, salaries start at 100k with active recruiting from Tier-1 companies as demand for CCIE certified professionals continues to rise.
SAP offers many certifications which are very marketable from a resume/career perspective, like their Certified Development Professional – SAP Commerce Cloud 1905 Developer certification. The certification programs require a bit of a time investment but they can help you obtain a median salary of just over 100k.
The Oracle MySQL Database Administration (CMDBA) certification is designed for database administrators focused on business processes, data, and performance. The certification is highly respected and includes 3 paths; professional, specialist, and developer with the program culminating in a 2 part exam.
A senior database administrator with this certification can make upwards of 100k with a solid work history and experience.
Certifications in cloud-based modalities like Salesforce may not require as much of a time investment as some certifications but they are no less valuable to the right employers and they’re a great way to round out your skill-set and set you apart.
Salesforce claims that it serves over 150,000 companies. That’s a lot of jobs, and the popularity of this cloud-based solution has not diminished.
Salesforce administrators are responsible for solving business problems and scalability issues that are centered around project success and growth. Certificate holders are in high demand with a projected growth rate of 34% in the job market. At roughly 6 weeks, the certification training is a minimal commitment in comparison to some of the previous items on our list and comes in at an average salary of ~85k.
There are many Agile certifications that are achievable without decades of industry experience but we’ll be looking into the DASM which does require you to have experience with Agile.
Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) is just a 2-day course on how to use the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit to optimize and problem-solve workflows. This 14 PDU course prepares you for the DASSM exam. The certification could get you an average salary of up to ~100k. As Scrum Master skills lend themselves to project management, this is also a great certification to pursue if you are an independent contractor.
Microsoft and AWS certification tracks can become specialized career paths, but there are also certifications under both of these corporate umbrellas that are fairly easy to acquire.
The Azure Fundamentals certification covers cloud concepts, Azure services, Azure workloads, pricing, and support. The program covers a broad spectrum of Azure concepts and is a great foot in the door for anyone working toward a cloud-based applications career.
Take your cloud certification on step further with Azure Developer Associate certification, and if you’re not drawn to Azure, check out these other Microsoft Certs:
AWS certifications are proven career boosters. More than 80% of people with an AWS training identified a higher salary as a direct result of cloud certification. There are a range of certifications to choose from but below are some of the more in-demand.
If none of the certifications we’ve mentioned peak your interests, here’s our short-list of in-demand ideas:
Additional certifications not only open up your resume, but give you the framework to take on projects in a variety of industries from health, to real estate, to government. There’s a lot to be said for using certifications as a tool to carve out your niche.
Earning any IT certificate requires a dedicated commitment but applying focus is only the first part. Once you have your qualifications you still have to join the pool of other qualified applicants to find the contracts and positions that will not only benefit you, but that you find interesting.
TECKpert can help. We are always looking for talented, dedicated professionals with a variety of certifications to partner with our in-demand positions, and we make it simple to apply using our proprietary app. Download in iOS or Android, create your profile, and give a thumbs up to the open positions available. Our clients represent some of the most respected and promising companies in the industry, reach out to us today to start your journey.