Whether you’re just starting your IT career, trying to move-up the IT ladder, or looking to reinvent yourself after a layoff, learning the right skills and getting the right certifications can give you an edge on getting the job or the promotion you want. But, which skills and certifications are likely to earn you top dollar?

For the second year in a row, Global Knowledge and TechRepublic partnered to create and distribute a comprehensive IT salary survey. From October 20 to November 11, 2008, over 14,150 U.S. IT professionals answered questions about their overall job satisfaction, base salary, benefits, bonuses, certifications and more. In February, we released the result of this survey in our 2009 IT Skills and Salary Report.

In this IT Dojo video, I examine the survey’s results and discuss several factors that can increase your base salary, including the five most lucrative technical certifications.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window. You can also download the full 2009 IT Skills and Salary Report as a PDF document.

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