22 Dec

Top 5 IT Certifications That Will Pay Off

Posted by John Brandwagt

Are you graduating from your IT program in the spring? Maybe you’re thinking about heading back to school or even thinking about school for the first time. No matter the situation you’re facing, you’re wondering which IT certifications will pay off in 2019 and beyond.

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If you’re thinking about enrolling, you’ll want to consider one of these five IT certifications to sharpen your IT skills. If you’ve already graduated from a course to get one of these certifications, good things are on the horizon.


1. IT Security Specialist

Security is an important subject in IT. It comes up every time news of a major breach surfaces. Recently, Equifax announced a breach affecting millions of Canadian and American consumers, while Uber’s embroiled in a scandal about covering up a hack that compromised 57 million users.

More companies are putting security at the top of their IT wish lists. As security concerns come to the forefront in the minds of both the public and companies, you can bet they’ll be looking for more IT security specialists.

Security specialist courses are becoming more common as a result. A few companies now offer cyber security specialist certifications, which can bolster your resume. You might consider becoming a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) or a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

You could even consider becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker, someone hired on to help companies locate weaknesses in their systems.


2. OCM Certification from Prosci

This demand is cropping up in more and more job postings. Employers in all industries are looking for change management professionals. As a result, many of them are looking for people who have OCM certification from Prosci.

The good news is this certification doesn’t take long to complete. The course lasts for three days in its entirety. It’s aimed at those already working in change management and teaches students how to effectively assess, implement, and manage change within an organization.

Given the amount of change many IT departments are currently undergoing, the demand for effective change management won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.


3. DevOps Training

At the current time, there aren’t any official certifications for DevOps itself. DevOps isn’t a single, unified approach to development, which makes it difficult to create courses around it. What you can do, however, is earn certifications for using particular DevOps tools and processes.

While earning these certificates isn’t the be-all, end-all of a DevOps career, they do give you more credibility when you claim to have expert knowledge. Some certifications you might consider include AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional and Microsoft’s Azure certifications, among others.


4. Project Management Professional (PMP®)

Project managers are in demand all across Canada. The trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. If you’re looking to go back to school to add to your skills and certifications in project management, the PMP® program might be for you.

Keep in mind this program is for professionals who already have experience in project management. It focuses on five process areas. Testing is known to be quite rigorous. It’s a designation employers pay attention to for this reason.


5. Microsoft Certified Database Administrator

Database-related jobs pay well and they are in demand. As more industries move toward the effective use of big data, more employers will be looking for qualified IT professionals to help them manage their databases and their information.

MCDAs usually possess many important IT skills, such as knowledge of programming languages like Java. They also know all about SQL Server, which is considered another important skill. SQL developers often have an MCDA certificate.

There are many different certifications you can pursue. In the current job market, many of them are good investments. Determine the IT path you want to take and think about which certificates will help you land your dream 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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