The Hottest IT Certifications for 2015
Figuring out which IT-related certification program to pursue, from among more than 100 of them, can prove a daunting task for anyone. ITworld recently posted their top suggestions, based on a study from consulting firm Foote Partners. Add to that a very comprehensive annual evaluation guide from Pearson’s IT Certification website, which contains detailed information on many programs. Both are good places to start your own investigation.
Any certification program is a compromise between your own skill and learning gaps, and where you want to take your career. Here are a few questions to ponder about as you begin your research:
What is the total cost of the certification?
Do you have the time to complete the coursework?
What is the salary benefit to the certification?
Is this certificate actually in demand?
Do you have any peer support?
Five Leading Certifications
• Cisco: Certified Expert
This is the top most certification in Cisco’s program, and there are numerous requirements and prerequisites.
• Microsoft: Certified Solutions Expert
There are separate certifications in 10 categories, including private cloud, SharePoint, and server infrastructure.
• Red Hat: Certified Architect
This is Red Hat’s highest certification, requiring numerous prerequisites in at least five of their products.
• VMware: Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization
Make sure you check to see which vSphere version your exam is based on (v5.5 or v5); there is a complex series of requirements and a variety of training courses to get this certification.
• EC-Council: Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator
One of the best all-around vendor-neutral security certifications, designed for law enforcement and security professionals; it features lots of hands-on practical instruction.