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15 IT Certifications that will Get You High Salary

... chaitanya b:

Companies getting more and more selective of candidates they take. So, it is essential to arm yourself with IT skills and expertise that are in safe bets and are popular choices. Wondering which ones to go for? Here's revisiting the US-based Global Knowledge’s ‘15 Top Paying IT Certifications for 2012’ report. The list ranks some of the most popular IT certifications.

1. Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is recognized as an important qualification for project managers according to the Global Knowledge list. The certification is globally recognized and has high demand in the job market. 

According to the Global Knowledge report, “The PMP credential should only be attempted by experienced project managers as the qualifications and testing for this certification are very rigorous.”

2. ITIL Foundation Certification In Information Technology (ITIL)

Infrastructure Library (ITIL)v3 Foundation is ranked at number four. ITIL Expert level is the third of four levels. According to the report, the ITIL Expert level certification is aimed at those individuals who are interested in Demonstrating a superior level of knowledge of ITIL Version 3 (V3) in its entirety. Once a candidate has achieved ITIL Expert level, he will also fulfil the pre-requisite entry criteria for ITIL Master Level.

3. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification ended with Server 2003, however, one can still do it (as well as the MCSE on Server 2000, though many of the tests have retired). The continued use of Windows Server 2003 in the market suggests that the demand for related expertise will continue for some time. MCSE certification equips individuals with required skills for designing, implementing, and administering infrastructure for business solutions based on Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server.

4. VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Another popular certification is VMware Certified Professional (VCP5). The certification offers skillsets required to successfully install, manage and deploy VMware vSphere 5. With Virtualization a hot technology these days, those having knowledge on virtualization products are in good demand.

5. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

The second highest-paid certification is Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). CISSP is for security managers and professionals who develop policies and procedures in information security.

6. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

Second Cisco-based certification on the Global Knowledge list is Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). There are two tracks available at the Associate and Professional levels: Cisco Certified Design Professional and Cisco Certified Network Professional. 

As per the report, “A CCNP-certified individual is expected to work collaboratively with other Cisco specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions.”

7. Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)

On third position is Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA). The certification provides an IT professional the requisite knowledge, experience and understanding required to design a Cisco converged network. 

A CCDA-certified holder gets training in skills required to design a routed and switched network infrastructure and services involving LAN, WAN, and broadband access for businesses and organizations.

8. CompTIA Server+

At number 8 on the list is CompTIA certification. CompTIA certifications are international, vendor-neutral certifications that validate a candidate’s knowledge of a specific field. The CompTIA Server+ certification demonstrates an IT professional's knowledge of server hardware, software, storage, IT environment, disaster recovery and troubleshooting

9. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)certification validates that an individual has the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular job role, such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator. MCITP certifications are reported to build on the technical proficiency measured in the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Therefore, an individual earns one or more MCTS certifications on his way to earning an MCITP certification. 

There key MCITP certifications available from Microsoft are: • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7 • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 etc

10. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Third Cisco-based certification on the list is: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). CCNA equips a certification holder with the skills to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-sized route and switched network, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. 

The new curriculum, according to the report, also includes (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), SerialLine Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2),VLANs, Ethernet, and accesscontrol lists (ACLs).

11. Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)

Third Microsoft-based certification on the list, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) helps validate the holder's ability to manage and troubleshoot network environments based on the Windows Server 2003 operating system.

12. CompTIA Security+

Ranked number 12, CompTIA Security+ certification validate an skills in network security, compliance and operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, access control and identity management, cryptography and application, and data and host security. 

CompTIA Security+ certification is accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

13. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification ranks at number 13. MCP programme was designed for both IT professionals and developers. The MCP was replaced by the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification, which aims to validate skills in a particular Microsoft technology.

14. Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification validates the ability to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. CCENT arms network professionals with skills required for entry-level network support positions. 

The curriculum covers networking fundamentals, WAN technologies, basic security and wireless concepts, routing and switching fundamentals and configuring simple network

15. CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ certification shows the professional qualifications of a networking professional. The certification exam covers installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security.