30 Oct Are IT certifications worth it?
“You absolutely need IT certifications in order to advance your career and boost your earning potential,” say some people, certificates clutched firmly in their grasp.
“You absolutely do not need IT certifications in order to advance your career or boost your earning potential,” say some other people, hands astonishingly bereft of paper.
This is quite the pickle, a true conundrum. Two camps both claiming they have the right answer, but how do you decide who is right?
When it comes to the value of certifications in the technology industry there are definitely mixed feelings. While some see them as validation of their skills and evidence of their ability, there are some senior workers who hold the opposite point of view and believe that an IT worker’s true value and ability is demonstrated through their experience and the projects they have worked on.
It is perhaps unsurprising that companies who sell IT certification wax lyrical about the paramount importance of attaining that slip of paper. Professional Development and IT Training firm Global Knowledge recently released data on the 15 top-paying certifications for 2017. Eleven of these certifications are attached to salaries over $100,000, with the average salary across all 15 certifications averaging out at $109,721.