If you’re thinking of launching a career in information technology (IT) or of getting certified for something you’re already doing in IT, then there are a host of certifications available that you should consider pursuing. Whether you’re interested in networking, security, or systems administration, you’ll be able to find an IT certification that can help launch or enhance your career.
But let’s be honest: you’re after the big bucks. With that in mind, this article lists the top seven highest-paying IT certifications for US and Canadian workers, what each job pays, and what the work entails. The salary data in this piece was provided by Global Knowledge, a learning services and professional development solutions provider and the data is based on what their customers are studying and the kind of work that generates once they graduate. If you’re interested in any of the jobs listed below, then head over to Global Knowledge’s website to see if they can provide you with resources or courses designed to improve your likelihood of getting certified.
7. Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP-V)
Only those aspirants who have earned the Citrix Certified Associate virtualization certification can become Professional level-certified. These are people who have mastered material that relates to managing, maintaining, monitoring, and troubleshooting XenDesktop 7 solutions, according to Global Knowledge.
Once you’ve done that, you can try your hand at the Professional certification, which proves your ability to install, configure, and test XenDesktop 7 solutions. You’ll also have to pass the beta 1Y1-202 Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Administration 7.6 LTSR exams, which cost $300. Virtualization is a cornerstone of cloud-based infrastructure deployment and management, which makes it a critical skill for any organization looking to increase its cloud computing footprint in the future. If you’re able to accomplish these tasks, then you’ll put yourself in a position to earn $102,353 per year.
6. Project Management Professional (PMP)
IT professionals love the PMP certification because it lets them apply their skills across a wide variety of industries. Most companies, regardless of focus, have a digital footprint. The ability to apply project management (PM) principles to that footprint gives you a solid foot in the door across almost any industry and opens the door to management-level positions. In the technology space, certified PMP professionals are most often responsible for managing IT-focused teams and tasks (especially large projects like hardware and software rollouts or app integrations, but also ongoing monitoring) as well as development projects. PMP holders are hired to ensure these efforts get done not only on time, but also within budget.
Let’s get to what you’re really interested in: the money. The average PMP certificate holder makes $105,324 per year. That’s not bad work if you can get it. Here’s how you can: you’ll need at least a high school diploma, 7,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of PM education. The test, which costs $405, is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions.
5. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
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