10+ IT organizations that can boost your career

Joining a professional organization is more than just a convenient way to beef up your resume. Groups such as the ones listed below can help you enhance your technical and career skills. If you need a first-hand opinion about a vendor -- or you want the inside scoop on a competitive job -- one of these associations can help.

Many organizations offer a wide range of benefits and services. Besides networking opportunities, several groups provide discounts on everything from magazine subscriptions to travel. Many have comprehensive Web sites and organize conferences or workshops.

TechRepublic contributor Suzanne Thornberry updated our listing of some of the best-known organizations for IT pros. The complete list, with descriptions, eligibility requirements, membership fees, links, and contact information, is available as a PDF download.

#1: American Society for Information Science & Technology

#2: Association for Computing Machinery

#3: Association for Information Systems

#4: Association for Women in Computing

#5: Association of Information Technology Professionals

#6: Data Management Association

#7: IEEE Computer Society

#8: Independent Computer Consultants Association

#9: Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals

#10: Network and Systems Professionals Association

#11: Network Professional Association

#12: Society of Computer Professionals

#13: Society for Information Management

#14: Technology Managers Forum

#15: USENIX: The Advanced Computing Systems Association

#16: Women in Technology International