Certifications still get IT pros jobs and raises, survey says

We recently reported on a study that concluded IT certifications were losing their ability to enhance the job prospects and earning power of IT professionals. But a new survey says IT certifications still lead to better jobs and better pay. 

That’s the word from a recent poll of 700 IT pros conducted by Network World and SolarWinds.

Among respondents who had earned certifications:

  1. 60% said it led to a new job
  2. 50% said a certification earned them a raise — with 40% getting at least a 10% boost, and
  3. 29% said they earned a promotion due to a certification.

That’s not to say certifications were solely responsible for those career boosts, or that they are universally valued — 74% of respondents had at least one certification, meaning more than a quarter have held off so far.

However, IT pros earning the highest salaries are more likely to have certain certifications, the study said. Which certifications are the most valuable? Respondents making at least $110,000 a year were most likely to have certifications such as:

  1. CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert), held by 44% of those high earners
  2. CCSP (Cisco Certified Security Professional), help by 36% of high earners, and
  3. various network management certifications, held by 40% of high earners.

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