The question is not "Can you afford to get certified?" The question is "Can you afford not to?" Whether you are just starting a career in IT, ready to change your current employment situation, or looking to advance your current career - becoming certified today greatly increases your opportunity to get employed, stay employed, and be well compensated. Read on to see the latest industry data on certifications and job opportunities in IT.
The 2008 Redmond Salary Survey shows IT job and salary strength.
"A looming recession should affect salaries. So should reports of IT budgets being slashed for the rest of 2008. And so should global economies going crazy with every dollar fluctuation, mortgage crisis or the closing down of another subprime-laden bank or brokerage.
But get this: Those events haven't made any such visible impact on IT compensation -- at least, so far -- as this year's joint Redmond/MCPmag.com 2008 Salary Survey indicates. For a fourth year in a row salaries have risen, as have raises, bonuses and job stability, sidestepping any rising recessionary tide."[Read More...]
Redmond's 13th Annual Salary Survey Salary - 2008
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT positions are expected to be among the fastest growing in the U.S. economy. IT jobseekers should continue to enjoy excellent job prospects over the next decade. This employment growth is driven by the ever-increasing reliance of businesses on IT, as well as the continuing importance of maintaining system and network security in the changing business landscape. Jobseekers can enhance their employment opportunities by earning certifications. Many employers regard certifications as the industry standard. Additionally IT positions often benefit from great upward mobility; advancement sometimes comes within months of becoming employed.Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-2009 Edition
Employment in professional, scientific, and technical services will grow by 28.8 percent and add 2.1 million new jobs by 2016. Employment in computer systems design and related services will grow by 38.3 percent and add nearly one-fourth of all new jobs in professional, scientific, and technical services. Employment growth will be driven by the increasing reliance of businesses on information technology and the continuing importance of maintaining system and network security. Management, scientific, and technical consulting services also will grow at a staggering 78 percent and account for another third of growth in this supersector. Demand for these services will be spurred by the increased use of new technology and computer software and the growing complexity of business.Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Tomorrow's Jobs
Certification can open many doors in the IT field. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, many employers regard certifications as the industry standard.
Certification shows you have successfully demonstrated your knowledge in IT concepts and implementation. This is what both human resource managers and IT professionals consider when seeking new employees.
Certification ensures that you are equipped with the skills necessary to perform your job tasks efficiently. These skills are vital for your career advancement. By hiring a certified job candidate, employers are confident they are hiring individuals who have proven themselves, possess the skill sets necessary for success and have met certification standards.
The U.S. Department of Labor states that jobseekers can enhance their employment opportunities be earning certifications. Professional certification may afford a jobseeker a competative advantage.
Completion of a certification training program will help those new to the industry qualify for entry-level positions that can lead them into new and exciting careers. Those already familiar and employed in the industry often gain certifications to help increase their salary, get promoted, and/or to deepen their knowledge base for increased job security. Case studies show that certified employees overall earn higher salary and gain better job security and benefits than those not certified.
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Help Desk/Technical Support and Networking to Experience the Most Growth, Survey FindsRobert Half Technology : "When asked which technical skill sets were most in demand in their IT departments, 67 percent of CIOs cited desktop support. Network administration (LAN, WAN) and Windows administration followed closely, with 65 percent and 64 percent of the response, respectively." ...more(March 2009)
Top In-Demand Careers of 2009Yahoo! Education : "With all the recent worry over the economy, which jobs are still safe? Check out this set of careers slated to remain a great pick for anyone considering an education--even in this current difficult period for profits and growth." ...more(2009)
Ten Tech Jobs You’ve Never Heard OfDice.com : "Do you feel like just another body in the IT herd? Is information security losing its excitement? Do network management, infrastructure architecture and risk assessment seem so yesterday? Perhaps you crave a change - something out of the IT ordinary. If so, you’re in luck. Based on a recent study from Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research, some of today’s hottest emerging jobs are lesser-known, or virtually unknown. So, with apologies to existing desktop virtualization practitioners, here are the 10 best jobs you’ve never heard of, ranked by hotness." ...more(2008/2009)
Myth or Reality: The Recession-Proof CareerYahoo! Hotjobs : "As the global economy continues to falter, job prospects for 2009 are expected to slow. But if you're lucky enough to be in one of these top fields, your job future is still quite bright. Take a look at this list below and either thank your lucky stars that your job is already on it, or consider seeking the education and experience for the career that most interests you." ...more(January 2009)
10 Careers that Top $30 per HourYahoo! Hotjobs : "The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures put the median household income in the U.S. at $50,233. A $30-per-hour job brings in $62,400 before taxes, or 20% more than the national median. For many people, this extra margin is just one promotion or one credential away. To boost your economic security, consider these 10 careers with salary data as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics" ...more(January 2009)
Careers That Can Fight RecessionYahoo! Education : "As the crunch deepens, businesses will be looking for consultants in IT management and support to help streamline services, hold the bottom line, and bolster operating efficiency. It's positive to consider that some 90 percent of all current IT employees are employed by non-technology businesses and organizations. Globalization increases the need for engineers and researchers with career expertise--as well as an ongoing need for entry-level support staff." ...more(January 2009)
Stimulus could create thousands of IT jobsComputerworld: "A federal economic stimulus package expected early this year from the administration of President-elect Barack Obama should boost the job prospects of IT professionals. Katherine McGuire, vice president of government relations at the Business Software Alliance, said Obama's "pro-tech agenda" could increase the number of technology jobs in the U.S. by 10%, adding about 300,000 high-paying IT positions, she said." ...more(January 2009)
10 Hot Professions for 2009Yahoo! Hotjobs: "Since almost all business transactions these days are done with the assistance of a vast computer network, the people who understand how to keep computer networks running smoothly are critically important -- and consequently, in high demand." ...more(January 2009)
The 9 hottest skills for '09Computerworld: "Consumer spending is down, credit markets remain weak, and more than 10 million Americans are out of work. Yet despite the grim financial picture, demand for certain types of IT skills, such as SAP, .Net and help desk/support, remains strong." ...more(January 2009)
What you need to know about certifications in 2009TechRupublic.com: "In troubling economic times, there is some question as to whether having certifications will offer the IT pro an edge in the IT job market. The answer to that question is yes." ...more(December 2008)
Ten Tech Jobs You’ve Never Heard OfDice.com: "Do you feel like just another body in the IT herd? Is information security losing its excitement? Do network management, infrastructure architecture and risk assessment seem so yesterday? Perhaps you crave a change - something out of the IT ordinary. If so, you’re in luck. Based on a recent study from Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research, some of today’s hottest emerging jobs are lesser-known, or virtually unknown." ...more(November 2008)
SIM’s 2008 IT Trends Survey shows businesses are turning to IT for help rather than cutsTechRepublic.com: "On Monday, the Society for Information Management (SIM) released the results of its 2008 IT Trends Survey and it contained a generally upbeat forecast for IT in 2009, although the survey was conducted in June, before the global economic meltdown. In Orlando at its annual SIMposium conference, SIM revealed that IT budgets and headcount are holding steady and that many organizations are using IT to drive efficiencies, streamline operations, and cut costs, rather than just slashing the IT budget to save money during a downturn." ...more(November 2008)
The 2009 IT Salary GuideIT Career Planet: "The 2009 IT Salary Guide indicates that average starting salaries will increase by 3.7 percent over 2008 levels. This modest boost – a step down from last year’s 5.3 percent increase – reflects the toll that today’s gloomy economy is exacting on company revenues. Still, it’s heartening to note that IT unemployment remains relatively low, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Furthermore, the 2009 IT Salary Guide, published by Robert Half Technology, suggests that demographic trends will create a healthy job market in the years ahead." ...more(November 2008)
Hiring Survey: The IT Skills in Highest DemandIT Career Planet: "These are good days to be a network administrator or a desktop support specialist. For that matter, wireless network pros and Windows gurus are also feeling the love. As seen in the survey results below, IT professionals with certain skills are in deep demand. Robert Half Technology, which provides firms with IT staffers on a full-time and contract basis, surveyed 1,400 CIOs about what skill sets they’re most urgently seeking." ...more(October 2008)
Demand Grows for Network/IT Security ProsDice.com: "Although many companies are becoming cautious when it comes to hiring during the economic downturn, there are still niches where CIOs and IT managers are looking for new talent. One of these is IT security, and network security in particular." ...more(October 2008)
IT Employment Hits Another All-time High in August; Striking Sharp Contrast with Dismal Conditions Prevailing in General Employment MarketNational Association of Computer Consultant Businesses: "The resilience of IT employment in many areas is heartening in light of the deterioration of the overall job market. While IT has not been immune to the slowing economic environment, it appears that a number of companies in IT and IT employment continue to outperform the general economy." ...more(September 2008)
Bright Spots for Tech in a Dark Economic PictureComputerworld: "The state of today's economy has triggered many economists, job experts and hiring managers to warn of layoffs and hiring contractions, and tech pros themselves have become skeptical about job security and future opportunities. Despite these concerns, the outlook for U.S. employment, particularly in the tech sector, is not as dismal as some fortunetellers would lead us to believe." ...more(September 2008)
IT hiring in the fourth quarter: Help desk is making a comebackTechRepublic.com: "Indeed, 25 percent of the 1,400 CIOs surveyed said customer services and/or user support was the primary reason they were hiring IT staff. That’s the first time since the second quarter of 2003 that support and service was the top priority. Twenty three percent of CIOs said business growth was the primary reason they were hiring in the fourth quarter with 21 percent citing new application development and installation." ...more(September 2008)
Demand Rising For Networking SpecialistsDice.com: "During the dot-com boom, it seemed as if every computer science graduate was making a beeline into a cool networking career, to the point where the market was almost saturated with talent. Then the dot-com bust put a damper on IT, even while basic network technologies began to mature. Now the pendulum is swinging back, as more companies seek out networking specialists." ...more(August 2008)
IT Employment Hits Another All Time HighIT Career Planet: "Bucking the strong downward spiral of the general employment market, IT pros are still in demand. While IT has not been immune to the negative macroeconomic trends, it appears that a number of companies in IT and IT employment are outperforming the general economy..." ...more(August 2008)
Study: Six IT fields in top 20 recession-proof professionsComputerworld: " Looking to find one of the hottest IT job tracks in today's downward spiraling economy? If you want to stay employed in IT amid the economic uncertainty, look for jobs in software design and development, networking and systems administration, software implementation analysis, testing and quality assurance, database administration and general IT management with cutting-edge mobile IT and Web 2.0 skills." ...more(July 2008)
Technology: It's Where the Jobs AreYahoo! Hotjobs: "The AeA's findings jibe with what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says on the subject of technology jobs: More than 850,000 IT jobs will be added during the 10-year period ending in 2016, which would be a rise of 24%. Add all the jobs that will replace retiring workers, and the total increase could be a tidy 1.6 million. That means one job in every 19 created over the course of the next decade will be in technology." ...more(June 2008)
IT Services Employment Reaches New HighParallax View: "Why is employment at IT services firms at record levels when the overall economy is tanking? IT is so integral to business that the need to develop new and support existing systems don't disappear when the economy goes south..." ...more(June 2008)
Demand for Business-Tech Integrators Causing SOA Job SurgeEWeek.com:"The future business leaders are coming from IT. There is this unfortunate myth that there are no jobs in IT, that they've all been outsourced to India. But this isn't true. There has never been a stronger demand for IT skills as there is now." ...more(June 2008)
10 Hot Jobs That Start at $50K+Yahoo! Hotjobs: "Computer networking and information technology are hot fields that are here to stay..." ...more