Thursday, August 5, 2010

Four Key IT Certifications

You might think you’d like to pursue every certification out there, but you have to start somewhere, right? Recently Certification Magazine’s Dave Willmer wrote about the 4 most in-demand certifications as recommended by IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology:
  1. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  2. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  3. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  4. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

(By the way, of the 4 certifications named by Robert Half, complete training courses for 3 of them are included in the LabSim library of IT certification training).

Designations like this list by Robert Half Technology help IT professionals decide where to focus their certification efforts. Once they know the area of IT they want to pursue for their career, IT professionals can use this list and other similar lists to know which certifications are most respected in that area.

For example, Willmer writes that “fifty-eight percent of CIOs polled for the ‘Hiring Index’ ranked network administration as the technical skill set in greatest demand within their IT departments.” If networking administration is your career goal, then this list helps you narrow in on CCNA as the certification you should go after.

As you seek professional development opportunities, make sure your time is well spent by training for the industry certification that best moves your career in the direction you want to take it.

Emily Howard, TestOut

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