Which IT Certification is Right For You?

Receiving IT certifications is a sure way to ensure the success and furtherment of your IT knowledge. It is also a fantastic way to further your career. In addition to the hands-on learning experience, certifications require almost all takers to accomplish a written test within the desired score. This ensures that you have full comprehension of the material and that you can perform optimally in the desired role.

Certifications are an investment in yourself and your future, not only professionally, but also personally.

Gain credibility among peers in your field

 The successful completion of certification gives you credibility among your peers and coworkers. If you are the only IT professional with this certification, then you are the source of information for everything associated with that certification. This looks positive to your boss or future employers.

Increase your marketability

The more expertise in a field, the better you look to prospective employers. Individuals looking to hire someone with a specific skill set can find your experience to be the perfect fit for their team. If you are looking for a new job, achieving these certifications can help you stand out.

Employer Preference

When submitting your resume, it is important to understand what skill the employer prefers. These are not necessarily requirements, but rather nice-to-haves that come along with your employment. When comparing two similar candidates, one that has a preferred certification will most likely be more favored than the candidate that did not have the preferred certifications. In the eyes of an employee this also makes you appear to be driven and motivated career-wise, increasing your favorability in their eyes. They may see you as someone who would jump at the opportunity for promotion or more furtherment within the company.

Which Certification?  

Your desired career path does not need to mirror everyone else’s. Your interests could set you apart from others in your field. To get to your desired position, you may need to get certifications that allow you to get there. These certifications ensure that you have the knowledge and skills in that particular field to thrive and do what is expected in your position. However, with so many different certifications out there, how do you know which one or combination is the right choice for you? The aspects one must consider are the certifications that offer the highest salaries, the certifications that cost the most to take, and the certification that is the most difficult to take.

 One of the highest-paying IT certifications is the Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect. Earning this certification could see you earning $139,529 annually. This certification ensures that the user can design, develop, secure, and manage cloud architecture using the Google Could Platform. [1] Another high-payoff certification is the PMP, or Project Management Professional. IT professionals that attain this certification can make upwards of $135,798 a year. This certification is the most recognized in the industry for project managers. This certification ensures the user has the knowledge and experience to define, deliver and plan their projects [1] The CGEIT, or Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT-CGEIT is another high-earning certification available to take. This ensures that the users can advise, manage and offer services in the field of enterprise information technology. Passage of the exam can earn you an income of $121,363 a year [2]. A user that completes the AWS Certified Solutions Certification can expect a midpoint salary of $135,750 yearly. This certification ensures that the user can effectively work within Amazon’s Web Servies, the company’s cloud platform [3]. These positions and salaries are made attainable by the availability of these certification exams. Individuals looking to increase their earnings can so so with the completion of these exams. While these salaries are tempting, it is important to examine all aspects of the completion of the certification.

While some certifications make sense to some individuals, they may not make sense for everyone. Sure everyone has different career paths and goals, but taking these exams is not as simple as deciding you want to increase your salary. These certification exams can be expensive to take. For example, the Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect certification costs $200 plus tax [4]. Individuals looking to be certified as a Project Management Professional can expect to spend $555 if they arent a member [5]. Certification cost for the CGEIT is $595 for the final registration of non-members and $465 for members [6]. Finally, Individuals looking to increase their careers by completing the AWS certification can expect to pay $20 to register for the exam [7]. While some certifications are more expensive than others, it is certain that these exams provide professional and personal growth. However, for many individuals, the costs for these certifications are expensive. Many find themselves saving for the registration fees associated with the exam.

In determining which certification is right for you and your career, cost and potential salary are not the only two factors at play. Ensuring the passage of these certifications takes dedicated preparation. In addition to years of experience, these certificates require extensive expertise in an area, requiring time to analyze and retain the material. One must be ready to make time to study, even after full days of IT work and other personal factors. With such a monetary investment in the certification itself, studying ensures you won’t waste your investment.







[1] Global Knowledge, “Top Paying Certifications”, 2019

[2] Prep Away, “Top 10 Highest Paying Certifications to Choose 2019”, 2019

[3] Robert, Half, “10 Highest Paying IT Certifications or Tech Pros”, 2018

[4] Google, Certification: Cloud Architect, 2019

[5] PMI, Project Management Certifications, 2019

[6] Go Certify, Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT, 2019

[7] Amazon, AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Associate, 2019

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