Monday, March 19, 2012

Want more cash? Get certified!

All of us in the field have seen that pages and pages of job listings asking for all kinds of certifications with silly acronyms. Sometimes it seems almost impossible to find one that doesn’t require some kind of certification, which could make many people question why they went to college in the first place when these little certificates are all they needed. While this may seem like a pain, things will most likely stay this way for the foreseeable future, so it might be a good idea to jump on the bandwagon now.

According to some, it is not only a good idea to go ahead and get the certification you want for new jobs, but they are also leading to promotions and raises. In fact, a survey featured in a article asked 700 neetworking professionals whether a certification led to a raise, a promotion, a new job, or something else. 60.5% of professionals said their certifications got them a new job, 56.0% said that they got raise, 28.8% said that they got a promotion within their current company, and 10.8% said that they got some other type of reward for their certifications. However, there is a catch to all of these numbers, because they don’t take into account professionals that don’t have any certifications, and also doesn’t make an effort to account for the fact that not all certifications are equal. Some certifications have been clearly shown to be more beneficial than others, such as the Cisco family of certifications and some Microsoft ones.

CompTIA SmartBrief