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IT certifications that are in demand

For those seeking IT certifications but don't know which to pursue, the Robert Half Technology 2011 Salary Survey lists the certs that are most in demand by employers.

According to the 2011 Salary Guide from Robert Half Technology, the following IT certifications are in demand:

  • Cisco--Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Linux--Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
  • Microsoft--Microsoft Certified Applications Developer (MCAD), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer ((MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
  • Project Management--Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Security--Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA) and Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE)

Tomorrow, I'll talk about what the survey revealed as the skill sets most in demand.

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13 comments
kctobyjoe
kctobyjoe

How about some PAY RATES and NOT for idiots JUST STARTING ? Like seasoned people with 5+ years or MORE. MAJOR metropolitan areas too! The wage surveys are USLESS as bargaining material in the workforce otherwise!!!!!!!!!!!

zyontrific
zyontrific

I take it the Cisco qualification in demand is for the USA. I have seen it spoken about many times how important it is for a networker to have that yet in the UK CCNA doesn't really cut it, you would be looking more for CCNP or CCIE.

C.r.i.s.
C.r.i.s.

now that all IT is more service-oriented, a lot of companies hire IT people to handle outsourcing contracts, external providers (SW Factory, Hosting,etc). Don't you think an ITIL certification could be highly demanded?

ShoePhone
ShoePhone

Genuine curiousity, nothing against Red Hat, but why not a more neutral approach to Linux certification? Linux+ has no clout? Does Red Hat really have that much market share?

zerosandones
zerosandones

I'm guessing that may be due to people viewing the CCNA as an "entry-level" Cisco cert... which it kinda is, but all things are relative. I currently have my CCNA. CCNA shows more than adequate network skills for the average small to medium business, and someone who passes the CCNA understands concepts that leave most non-network-focused IT techs in the dark. I've seen it in my own workplace. The intricacies of routing/switching and basic to intermediate Cisco router/switch configuration is like alchemy to people who don't have this background. The CCNP is more geared toward a larger-scale network with more complexity. I'm working on my CCDA first, then going to get my CCNP. By then, I may have enough real-life experience, and might even be in an organization that's large enough to justify having a CCNP...

Thatdavewalsh
Thatdavewalsh

The problem is, most IT professionals are starting to regard certification as a racket. It is handy for lazy recruiters to stick the ITIL hurdle in front of candidates but where is the real value in a certification these days when it is not necessary to demonstrate experience, only pass an exam? While ITIL 3 is an improvement on ITIL 2 the whole cost and energy required to certify services the certification 'industry' more than it does the IT industry. Plus, with ITIL, Prince (PMP) and TOGAF all competing for space, where is the Single Unifying IT methodology that is so obviously needed?

reggaethecat
reggaethecat

Because Red Hat is the default standard in corporates. If you can do Red Hat you should be competent in most forms of Linux. BTW I did the RHCT exam a few years ago and totally flunked it, it is rock hard for a Linux newbie like I was, even directly after a week-long official training course. Don't even consider it unless you have plenty of experience in Linux and are competent editing Grub configs, disk partitions, etc from the command line. But if you can do all that then the rewards of being a Linux expert are clear.

shannon.2710
shannon.2710

I was thinking about going in for the Red Hat cert, but then found out that I'd have to take a holiday, 'coz the exam isn't available where I'm based. Figured I'd go in for Linux+ first, and maybe then try some other cert...

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I suspect Red Hat has the greatest penetration in corporate shops, and corporations place great emphasis on certifications. Consultants and applicants with a Red Hat cert would be favored over a more generic Linux paper.

tbmay
tbmay

...about talking about it too much. NDA and all. I don't see any problems with what you said but they take that stuff seriously so you don't want to get in to details.

tbmay
tbmay

If the hirer is in the know, they'll know a red hat cert carries skills that go beyond red hat.

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