Getting certified is a sureshot way of advancing your career in the IT industry. Whether you work for an enterprise, a small business, healthcare, government or any other place that employs IT experts, your best bet for career advancement is to validate your skills and knowledge through a carefully chosen combination of certifications.
Another important milestone is the average yearly salary being paid to every respondent holding that particular certification. Some certifications have additional training resources to learn more information about how to get ready and prepare for the test and acquire each of these. Here is the list:
- CRISC: Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
According to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, CRISC certification guarantees that the holder is knowledgeable in risks to information systems and designing/implementing solutions. CRISC certification holder has an average salary of $119,227/year.
- CISM: Certified Information Security Manager
The CISM certification recognizes proficiency in information security management, as someone who oversees, designs and evaluates information security for a given association. According to the Skills and Salary Report, holders of this certification earned an average $118,348/year.
- CCNP Routing and Switching
At $97,038/year average annual salary, This CCNP certification is good for someone with at least one year of networking experience and guarantees that the CCNP certificate holder is able to maintain and implement wide-area networks and to work with specialists on solutions.
- ITIL v3 Foundation
The ITIL v3 certification – the ITIL Master -The average annual salary for ITIL Master certification holders was $95,434/year. The Master certification requires an ITIL Expert certification and recognizes individuals who can apply ITIL concepts of quality IT solutions in real-world situations.
- CCP-V : Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization
According to survey, virtualization is one of the top areas of increased enterprise spending in 2017. The average annual salary for CCP-V certification holders was $102,138. This is reflected in the demand for technicians with the Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization certification
- CISSP : Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Number 3 on the list of highest paying certifications is the Certified Information System Security professionals or from (ISC)2. These certifications recognize proficiency in security and risk management, and also software development security. The average annual reported salary for holders of this certification was $110,603/year.
- CISA: Certified Information Systems Auditor
CISA ensures that Information Systems auditors have the right skills important to evaluate systems and follow best practices to “support trust in and value from information systems”. The average salary of a professional here was $106,181/year.
- CCDA: Cisco Certified Design Associate
Next on this list is the CCDA, Cisco’s certification for network design. Also ensure you’re certified with another Cisco certification such as CCNP Routing and Switching, as it’s a requirement for the CCDA. The average income of a CCDA holder was $99,701/year.
- CCDP : Cisco Certified Design Professional
Holders of the CCDP bring in an average salary of $105,088/year. This professional-level certification is intended for senior-level architects who want to design more advanced network topologies and services.
- CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker
This is a vendor-neutral certification for information technology people who wish to certify as “ethical” hackers, using the similar knowledge, skills and tools that malicious hackers use. The average annual salary for CEH Certification holder is $95,155/year.
- PMP: Project Management Professional
The Project Management Professional certification is perhaps the leading industry-recognized certification for project manager posts. It is a global certification and according to the Project Management Institute’s Earning Power: The average annual salary for this holder is $116,094/year.
- MCSE : Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Microsoft has changed the way of the MCSE (now remains for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) to be more of a wide-ranging certification focusing on implementing new technology over a wide variety of versions rather than one that focused on specific disciplines. The average salary for them is $96,215/year.
- CCNA : Cisco Certified Network Associate
Certified Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) bring in an average salary of $107,045, CCNA certification track was presented in 2012 and focuses on technologies such as storage, networking, virtualization, compute and network services. Students can also opt for other available CCNA courses such as: CCNA Wireless, CCNA Security etc.
- MCSA : Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate
The MCSA certification is considered to be an IT expert certification for various Microsoft products and can be categorized by a many functions, for example, Desktop, Server, Database, and Developer. A candidate with less than a one year experience will get around $50,649, and this will increase to $75,850 with 10 years of experience or even more.
- CCA-N: Citrix Certified Associate – Networking
The Citrix Certified Associate – Networking (CCA-N) accreditation is designed to validate the skills and knowledge needed to administer enterprise environments comprising of NetScaler Gateway for secure remote access to desktops, data and applications. Depending on expert experience, an employee who holds this certification can earn on average $43,000 a year.