5 Popular IT Certifications for 2019
Global Knowledge disclosed in their annual IT Skills and Salary Report that 63% of IT professionals in North America are presently training for a certification or plan to this year. Half of those professionals earned a certification in the past year, and 30% in the past six months.
It was found that while IT professionals are most likely to hold certifications in CompTIA and Microsoft, a greater percentage are now pursuing credentials in AWS and Cisco.
Here are the five most sought-after IT certifications in 2019:
AWS Certified Solutions Architect
Of the IT professionals in North America planning to add a certification this year, a staggering 21% say they will pursue the Associate- or Professional-level of this certification. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is also one of this year’s highest-paying certifications, coming in fourth at $132,840. Those pursuing this certification are most likely to be cross-certified in CompTIA, Microsoft and ITIL®.
CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional
One out of every five survey respondents work in IT security. And the most popular of the cybersecurity certifications is (ISC)2’s CISSP, with 6.3% planning to add the credential this year. The average CISSP-certified professional in the U.S. makes $116,900 a year. Those pursuing this certification are most likely to be cross-certified in CompTIA, ITIL and Microsoft.
CCNA Routing and Switching
In 2019, 4.8% of survey respondents plan to pursue CCNA Routing and Switching, designed for network engineers. Advancing to CCNP Routing and Switching has a monetary benefit as well—it ranks 15th in the U.S. in salary this year ($106,957). Those pursuing Cisco Routing and Switching certifications (CCNA, CCNP or CCIE) are most likely to be cross-certified in CompTIA, Microsoft and Citrix.
30% of IT professionals are already CompTIA-certified, and 4.5% of respondents have CompTIA Security+ in their sights this year. Security+ cracked the highest-paying certification list this year at 13th ($110,321). Nearly 50% of professionals who are pursuing Security+ are already certified in CompTIA Network+. Those same people are most likely to be cross-certified in Microsoft, Cisco and ITIL.
PMP® — Project Management Professional
PMP, the premiere project management credential, created by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), remains a respected and valued certification year after year. In 2019, 3.5% of IT professionals plan to achieve their PMP. This year it ranks second as a top-paying U.S. certification ($135,798). Those pursuing PMP are most likely to be cross-certified in CompTIA, ITIL and Microsoft.