Top 10 Paying Certifications for 2018

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Another year has come to an end and eventful it was for the IT industry. We saw a lot of advancements and tech transformation and its subsequent effects on the IT industry. Layoffs were the major concerns throughout the industry and unfortunately, they are set to continue as we move into the new year.

So how secure is your career in the IT industry? In this tough time, let me assure you that there are ample opportunities to not only survive but to thrive in this industry for years to come. The mantra for success is to upskill yourself in the trending technologies and future-proof your career.

In this article, I am going to take a look into the 10 highest paying IT certifications of 2017 that are expected to drive the industry in 2018 and beyond. The compensation numbers are merely a global average and may vary depending upon the location.

  1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) $131,298

According to the ISACA, CRISC is the only certification that enables IT professionals to be well-versed in enterprise-level risk-management and is arguably the top IT certification in the world.

It is designed for IT professionals and project managers whose job it is to identify and manage risks to IT and the business through appropriate information systems controls. Complete this IT certification and land yourself a job with assured job security that will earn you an average of $131,298 per year.

  1. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)$122,498

This ISACA certification is primarily focussed on information security management. It is best suited for information security managers, security officers, security analysts, CIOs, and IT security architects. So if you are a person who is involved in managing, designing and assessing information security get this certification done and earn a salary averaging $122,498 per year.

  1. Project Management Professional (PMP) $119,349

This certification is a must-have for IT professionals as it makes them versatile and capable of applying their skills in virtually any industry. This Project Management Institute(PMI) administered certification is not categorized into any subtypes and will help you become a master in running any kind of project by enabling you to have a wholesome knowledge of project management.

  1. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate – $119,085

This Associate-level certification is designed to develop the designing and management skills for individuals working on applications using the Amazon Web Services platform. This is a must-have for professionals working on cloud including cloud architect, cloud administrator and cloud manager. This certification has the potential to drive an average salary of $119,085 per year.

  1. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)$116,442

The CISSP certification is designed for security analysts, information technology auditors, and information security analysts to protect vendors and large enterprises from cybersecurity threats. With this certification, gain expertise in designing and security management and be capable of maintaining the company’s information security.

  1. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) $109,550

An ISACA administered certification, CISA is a globally recognized certification for information systems audit control. It is specifically designed for job responsibilities which include auditing, controlling, and assessing IT or business systems. Become an expert in managing vulnerabilities and manage business processes and controls in accordance with the accepted business standards.

  1. ITIL® v3 Foundation $103,408

ITIL is one of the most widely used frameworks for IT management in the world. This ITIL Foundation Training certification focuses on aligning data to business needs and the ability to apply advanced ITIL concepts of quality information technology solutions in real-world situations. The average annual salary for ITIL certification holders is $103,408.  

  1. VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)$101,200

This latest certification has been termed as one of VMware’s most popular certifications. If you are an IT manager, system engineer or system administrator, this certification is best suited for you. With this certification gain expertise in troubleshooting vSphere v6 infrastructures.

You can expect an average annual salary of $101,200 per year on successful completion of this certification. Note that you need to first complete the basic level of VMware’s certification program that makes you VMware certified.

  1. Certified Scrum Master (CSM) – $99,000

If you are an IT project manager or software engineer, get this certification done and gain expertise in managing large-scale business projects. This popular agile framework doesn’t limit itself to the tech industry anymore and is an essential skill to possess if you are to take your career to the next level. On successful completion of this certification, you can earn up to $145,000 per year with the average being $99,000 per year.

  1. Cloud Platform & Infrastructure (MCSE) – $97,340

With cloud platforms on the rise, it is now important to have expertise in cloud technologies that include identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking. This Microsoft Certified Security Expert certification focuses precisely on these skills and it is a no-brainer that the likes of IT managers, system administrators, system engineers, network administrators, and directors need to have this certification under their belt.  

In today’s environment, IT professionals willing to put in the hard work to upskill themselves and achieve the above certifications have the potential of driving the highest salaries in the industry. It requires a lot of planning, hard work, and proper training. So if you have any training requirements, feel free to drop us a comment below. We will be happy to help.


About Sourav Gorai

A research analyst focusing on emerging technologies in IT, Sourav regularly covers the latest developments & industry trends with a focus on data science, AI/machine learning, cloud computing and allied domains.

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