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10 IT certifications that earn top dollar

Bill Detwiler discusses factors that can increase your base salary--including the 10 most-valuable IT certifications.

Whether you're just starting your IT career, trying to move-up the IT ladder, learning the right skills and getting the right certifications can give you a leg up on the competition? During this episode of TR Dojo, I reveal several factors that can increase your base salary--including the most-valuable technical certifications

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

31 comments
uberlist
uberlist

I would also add support center certifications. I've seen a couple of good places: Globalbench.com (www.globalbench.com) and HDI is also a good one. Support centers are good places to get jobs, especially to get onboard with a new company. After about a year you can move to other areas.

iukini
iukini

ONE EXCEPTION; First true IT Job, they required an A+ - or have it within 6 months, which I did acquire post acceptance, but ever since, I am in the position that Certifications have not helped me advance whatsoever, and in fact, am in the midst of challenges at my current employer, where Certifications "should" receive proper recognition since Network and Security related Certs are actually part of my duties, but I honestly don't think they are receiving it. Further, I've been told by many employers, I have the most of anyone every seen / interviewed by them, yet I honestly still don't think they've helped me....since 1998. Additionally, I make anywhere from 25%-45% "less" than the Annual Survey Results I have seen, for either MCSE or CCNP creds...would be a plus if survey results showed, by State, which employer(s) paid that much - because I have not seen it in neither Southern California nor Washington State for over a decade since entering this field. Which brings to light, how accurate these Salary surveys are, or perhaps how truthful the takers are being when completing them (maybe padding by 5% or more). That said, here's where I stand in Certifications; Item, Vendor, Credential, (Year Acquired); 1. CompTIA A+, (1998) 2. CompTIA Network+, (1999) 3. CompTIA Security+, (1999) 4. Electronics Technicians Association FOSP Fiber Optics, (2008) 5. Dell Certified Systems Engineer DCSE, (2007) 6. 4013 National Information Assurance Training Standard for Systems Administrators, (2010) 7. Certified Ethical Hacker CEH, (2010) 8. Certified Penetration Tester CPT, (2010) 9. Cisco Certified Networking Associate CCNA, (2000 and 2007) 10. Cisco Certified Networking Associate Security, (2010) 11. Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP, (2008 and 2010) 12. Cisco Certified Security Professional CCSP, (2010) 13. Cisco IPS Specialist, (2010) 14. Cisco Network Admission Control Specialist, (2010) 15. Microsoft Certified Professional MCP, (1998) 16. Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet MCP+I, (1999) 17. Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT, (1999) 18. Microsoft Certified Database Administrator MCDBA SQL 2000, (2000) 19. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer MCSE NT4, (2000) 20. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer MCSE 2000, (2002) 21. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer MCSE 2003, (2008)

ClaudiaVandermilt
ClaudiaVandermilt

It really depends on the certification, industry, company, and how your resume pulls it all together. Mainly because most professionals require formal training to develop industry-standard skills and knowledge and secure the best job opportunities.It helps to have some professional training when going into a job. You can learn on the job, sure, but some places won't give you enough time to learn from scratch.

mnapolitano
mnapolitano

Ops Sorry, had to drill down a bit to find it.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

People read a magnitude faster than people talk. With training, a person can take in an entire page of information at a glance, that would take several minutes of talking. My time isn't yours. Either get the word out quickly, or have your site removed from my viewing list.

learn4ever
learn4ever

Yes, I too groan at the prospect of watching another TR Dojo video. Just give me the facts in a PDF or text and I'll work with it. I'm busy and can't sit through a video most days. But I can look over a PDF in bits & pieces much more easily

mikee
mikee

Where is the text version of the video?

gmahesh.comatrix
gmahesh.comatrix

Hi i m doing Computer Science Engineer,according me i m interested in carrier Cyber Crime and Cyber Forensic which best certification available and most valueable/

mysterchr
mysterchr

I have my MCSE and MCITP, I also have some other certs that are a bit older. But since I got them I haven't been able to get any system admin jobs. I've been doing desktop and jr sys admin work for 6 years now I got those certs so I could move up but instead I've spent the last year doing nothing. Places with desktop positions wont hire me for fear I'll leave and go somewhere that will want to use my certs. Engineer and admin level positions wont take me either for fear that I don't have enough system admin experience. I am the unwanted middle child.

Con_123456
Con_123456

I hope it will help to many people to their careers. I believe that though a certification cannot say all about someone, it can still distinguish the smarter from the average.

jpdecesare
jpdecesare

I see the placeholder for the video that won't load on our ridiculously slow corporate network, plus I can't sit here and watch videos all day ANYWAY... isn't there usually a transcript of the video so we can quickly read the text? That'd be much appreciated!

nichevo
nichevo

no oracle or sun or linux. no advanced itil. hmm.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

For the fourth time, Global Knowledge and TechRepublic have partnered to create a comprehensive IT salary survey. Starting in October 2010, over 12,000 IT professionals from around the world answered questions about their overall job satisfaction, base salary, benefits, bonuses, certifications and more. During this week's TR Dojo episode, I discuss several factors that can increase your base salary--including the 10 most-valuable IT certifications. Does your current employer link bonuses/salaries/promotions to IT certs? Take the poll and let me know: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/itdojo/10-it-certifications-that-earn-top-dollar/2497

Dave-in-Japan
Dave-in-Japan

I've noticed that you have to pick the right location to live to achieve the salaries listed in those surveys. I've also noticed larger companies pay better. Good luck!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

If you prefer text to video, ou can find a transcript for this video here: http://www.techrepublic.com/videos/dojo/tr-dojo-10-it-certifications-that-earn-top-dollar/6208515 Just click the View Transcript link in the bottom right corner below the video player window. Unfortunately, the recent TechRepublic side update removed the View Transcript link from the video player that we embed within our blog pages. We are working to recover this functionality. If you aren't able to watch the video or view the transcript, you can always download the complete 2011 IT Skills and Salary Report, which I link to in the blog post.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

We provide full transcripts for nearly every TR video. You can find a transcript for this video here: http://www.techrepublic.com/videos/dojo/tr-dojo-10-it-certifications-that-earn-top-dollar/6208515 Just click the View Transcript link in the bottom right corner below the video player window. Unfortunately, the recent TechRepublic side update removed the View Transcript link from the video player that we embed within our blog pages. We are working to recover this functionality. If you aren't able to watch the video or view the transcript, you can always download the complete 2011 IT Skills and Salary Report, which I link to in the blog post.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

We provide full transcripts for nearly every TR video. You can find a transcript for this video here: http://www.techrepublic.com/videos/dojo/tr-dojo-10-it-certifications-that-earn-top-dollar/6208515 Just click the View Transcript link in the bottom right corner below the video player window. Unfortunately, the recent TechRepublic side update removed the View Transcript link from the video player that we embed within our blog pages. We are working to recover this functionality. If you aren't able to watch the video or view the transcript, you can always download the complete 2011 IT Skills and Salary Report, which I link to in the blog post.

efficacy
efficacy

there are a lot of certification out there, CEH and CHFI from eccouncil is a good place to start, SANS institute also has good cert in these areas. eccouncil.org, sans.org, mile2.com should be your starting point.

Kingmensah
Kingmensah

I do understand your frustration buddy. I've been there. I can almost certainly say that the problem is your resume if you are not getting interviews. You should at least be getting phone interviews. If your are getting interviews, your problem is not your resume. Might be your interview skills and communication. With the years of experience as Desktop/Jr. Admin, your resume should definitely communicate some serious experience as admin and that will get you some calls. If that is not happening, you need some serious resume facelift. Good luck!

Con_123456
Con_123456

What about getting another certification in a field that the employers desire and you want to work there?

info
info

...but it's often wrong. The only people that really measure by that metric are in Human Resources. People also make the same wrong assumption about those that hold University degrees. Most often it distinguishes the richer people with more time on their hands from the ones that have to work for their money.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

We provide full transcripts for nearly every TR video. You can find a transcript for this video here: http://www.techrepublic.com/videos/dojo/tr-dojo-10-it-certifications-that-earn-top-dollar/6208515 Just click the View Transcript link in the bottom right corner below the video player window. Unfortunately, the recent TechRepublic side update removed the View Transcript link from the video player that we embed within our blog pages. We are working to recover this functionality. If you aren't able to watch the video or view the transcript, you can always download the complete 2011 IT Skills and Salary Report, which I link to in the blog post.

Regulus
Regulus

Yes, you are right, 'Where's the Transcript?'. This is as bad as a 'Slide Show'. I'll repeat my standard 'Slide Show' comments here which equally apply to your comment: You spend so much time and effort producing these really excellent and important slide shows. (- actually Power Point presentations) Sorry, they are totally useless to me in that format. You don't even offer us the ability to download the slide deck. Most valuable to me would be a 'Print' version that I could drop into a 'Word' document / File. If that is too much to ask, maybe a PDF version? Thank you for your consideration. -- Yes, I'm going to continue bugging you about this. Recommendation: Copy, edit and place this in a text file on your desktop. Then, re-submit as necessary.

JCitizen
JCitizen

The video download controls still worked on a fully updated Vista Home Premium x64 install. All of my applications including Silverlight and flash are the latest versions. It worked for me. But I'm also using the latest Mozilla v. 4, and that is what I view TechRepublic with. I still enjoy the video more, but save the transcripts for reference.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

We provide full transcripts for nearly every TR video. You can find a transcript for this video here: http://www.techrepublic.com/videos/dojo/tr-dojo-10-it-certifications-that-earn-top-dollar/6208515 Just click the View Transcript link in the bottom right corner below the video player window. Unfortunately, the recent TechRepublic side update removed the View Transcript link from the video player that we embed within our blog pages. We are working to recover this functionality. If you aren't able to watch the video or view the transcript, you can always download the complete 2011 IT Skills and Salary Report, which I link to in the blog post.

JCitizen
JCitizen

My IE8 downloaded it fine; but not FFv4; be sure to mark the download reason as well, or they will never gather the error data. Thanks! Also their was a download offer in the video screen, but I didn't try it, maybe it was truly April Fools! Or maybe it was the same transcript?

JCitizen
JCitizen

I usually get testy when members whine about transcripts; but in this transition period things get broken. I'm sure they will get fixed when we settle in to the new design. However, with the constant Microsoft and Mozilla updates, things get broken a lot now. I wouldn't want to be a webmaster these days!

CptMatt
CptMatt

This is why I really don't like clicking TechRepublic story links, they frequently make you dig for what you want. Most professional news and information websites put it all up front, the video is at the top, transcript below. That way, if you don't want to watch a video, you just scroll past it to the transcript. The whole website is like that, badly thought out and inconvenient.

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