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5 Most In-Demand IT Certifications Today

Posted by John Brandwagt

When you want to get ahead in the IT field, one of the best things you can do is upgrade your skills. 

It can be difficult to demonstrate your skills on a resume. You can say you know all about system security or DevOps, but putting it on your resume doesn’t truly guarantee the hiring manager or the recruiter will believe that you know what you’re talking about. 

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Certification is one great way to prove your knowledge. Before you rush off to get certified, however, take a look at the most in-demand IT certifications. Hiring managers and recruiters are looking for people with these prestigious designations.

1. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Security is on everyone’s minds these days, whether they’re in the tech industry or merely make use of IT in their business. As a result, more people are on the hunt for security professionals than ever before. 

One way to demonstrate your security skill is to get certified. Like most certifications in security, the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) comes with some fairly high standards. To apply, you’ll need to have five years of information security experience completed in the last ten years. 

It’s a good option for anyone who wants to elevate themselves into management in IT security. The certificate is designed to demonstrate your proficiency in building, designing, and managing security initiatives.

2. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

Another security-focused certification in high demand right now is the Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). Like the CISM, it’s designed to demonstrate management skills. It also showcases assessment, mitigation, response, monitoring, and reporting know-how.

To earn it, you’ll need to have three years of experience in at least two of the four subjects covered.

3. Project Management Professional (PMP)

As more non-tech companies move into the IT field and more start-ups get IT projects off the ground, project management has become something of a hot spot for IT employment. Those who have demonstrated their skill and know-how in successfully managing an IT project from end to end will find employment opportunities open up to them.

One way of demonstrating your project management skills on your resume is to earn the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. It takes a more advanced approach and prepares professionals to work in any industry, not just tech.

The bar is high for certification. You’ll need to have logged five years of experience and 7,500 hours leading a project before you can apply. You’ll also need prior project management education amounting to at least 35 hours.

4. CompTIA Project+

CompTIA Project+ is another certification focused on project management. You can probably see project management is a skill hiring managers and recruiters are interested in.

This particular certification is designed to demonstrate your skills and proficiency in managing a project lifecycle. It covers the fundamental skills. Think of it as setting up the foundation for a career in project management and later PMP certification.

CompTIA Project+ is recommended for newer project managers. You need around 12 months of experience, which is far less demanding than the PMP certificate.

5. AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

The rise of cloud computing has created the need for people to design new cloud solutions. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the leading cloud services in the business these days, so becoming an AWS Certified Solutions Architect is a good way to demonstrate your skill and knowledge with the cloud.

You’ll need at least one year of experience with AWS design and knowledge of high-level programming languages before you pursue this certificate.

If you have what it takes for any of these certifications, pursue one. They’ll help you stand out in the crowd when you apply for your next IT job.

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John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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