Top paying IT Certification for 2013

Top paying IT Certification for 2013

In the world of IT, more certifications generally translates into a higher salary. All certifications are not created equal, and holders of some certifications, while they appear to be the same as others, earn substantially more. From highest to lowest, the top paying certifications are as follows.

The highest paid certification is currently the Project Management Professional, or PMP. It is a very respected certification, and is the basic qualification for any would be project managers.

Information security is the next highest paying profession, and the qualifying certification is the CISSP, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional. This is aimed at most government consultants, and security managers.

One of Cisco’s certifications, the Cisco Certified Design Associate ranks next in pay scale. These associates can design and implement switched, routed Cisco networks and are in high demand.

ITIL, the Information Technology Infrastructure Library foundation exam is now a high demand certification as well. Practitioners can design, and run a service quality process in an IT department and maximize efficiency. This is the IT equivalent of quality and lean certification.

Virtualisation continues to gain traction as IT departments look to lower budgets and leverage existing assets. VMware is the prominent player in the industry, and offers their own certification, the VCP or VMware Certified Professional.

Followed closely behind VMware is the CCNP, Cisco Certified Network Professional, for network admins that need to be able to troubleshoot the designs of Cisco networks.

Microsoft has worked hard over the last decade to phase out the MCSE in favor of the MCITP, Microsoft Certified IT Professional. This certification offers specializations in Windows Server, Windows 7 and up, and Database among others.

The CCNA, Cisco Certified Network Associate offers technicians the ability to install switched networks and create and configure VLAN’s in a Cisco environment. This is the easiest of the Cisco certifications to achieve.

For those not wanting to spend the time or money to get the MCITP, the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, or MCSA offers training in supporting Windows Server 2003 environments, which is still the majority of business server environments.

Last, and still relevant is the CompTIA Network+ certification. The basic network certification can act as a springboard into the more specialized Cisco certifications, and professionals can see their salaries increase as a result.

Certifications are one way to get your foot in the door to rewarding and high paying positions, but be sure to try and combine that with experience to increase your chances.


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