There is no doubt that the range of emerging new technologies is making certifications a necessity in the new age. A big indicator for this is research recently published infographic by Credforce. Entitled ‘the present and future of credentialing in information technology’, this provided some valuable insights into the current state of certifications in the rapidly changing IT industry landscape.
The areas of IT that had the maximum expectation of more professionals seeking out professional certifications included Cloud computing and IT security. Cloud computing, of course has been hailed as the biggest phenomenon to hit business computing since the internet itself. IT risk and security seem to be riding on the back of the big data wave, and we predict that the massive demands by the largest software corporations in the world will influence more and more IT professionals to get certified. In fact, 20% of the largest IT employers globally have already admitted that acquiring adequate talent for their cloud computing initiatives is by far the biggest hurdle they see in the New Year.
In terms of earning potential, the range of certifications spanned from enterprise administrator to Information Systems and Risk, with the former earning a median salary of 90-92 thousand USD per annum while the latter stood at the highest end with the higher end of the median at around 120 thousand USD.