Tuesday, December 13, 2011

IT Professionals Agree: Certifications Bring Jobs and Better Pay

Students who may be wondering the value of IT certifications in terms of pay or job success, a recent article published by Network World should help you know that certifications are worth your effort.

From a survey of 700 IT professionals, Network World reports:
  • 60% said a certification led to a new job
  • 50% said they earned more pay after getting certified
  • 40% said their pay increased by more than 10% directly because of a certification
  • 29% said a certification led to a promotion

Since the survey was conducted of network professionals, it makes sense that the certifications most respondents said they value most are networking certifications, especially CCNA, Microsoft certifications, and Network+.

Certifications are not the only factor in helping improve a candidate’s job situation, position, and pay. Clearly, it is only one part of the total picture, which may include education, experience, timing, and other factors. Still, the vast majority of survey respondents agreed that certifications are a huge help in building and advancing a career.

Network World quoted Craig Norborg, a network engineer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as recommending a combination of certification and experience as much as possible. “I do think networking certifications are the most valuable when coupled with some real-world experience. I wouldn't have gotten my last two positions without them,” he said.

TestOut has introduced a new line of certifications—TestOut Pro Certifications—that are designed to prove the practical experience students have gained through the hands-on LabSim training. The experience and proficiency proven through TestOut PC Pro or TestOut Network Pro Certification will help open doors to your greater job success.

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