The 10 most in-demand technology certifications for data and IT pros

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In the world of IT and data management, certifications are important benchmarks that many organizations value when looking to hire people to fill various roles. And at a time when enterprises are especially hungry for certain skills, documentation that’s mapped to a specific skill set based on standardized testing is useful to employers as well as professionals.

The most in-demand data management certifications today reflect where many organizations are placing their emphasis as they look to leverage information resources.

Among the most popular certifications, according to technology staffing and consulting firm Robert Half Technology, are:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Cloud Platform Infrastructure
  • Java
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • DevOps
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect
  • .NET
  • Agile and Scrum
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate/Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • VMware
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional

Having any of these certifications can not only help a data or IT professional land a desired job role or advance within an organization, they often also fetch a salary premium for the worker.

”There is demand for many certifications related to specific technologies,” said Jim Johnson, senior vice president at Robert Half Technology. “We are also starting to see some demand for certified analytics professionals and data management certifications.

There is an increased demand for business intelligence (BI) and big data professionals to support initiatives, and having experience and certifications in specific technologies often make it easier for a new hire to transition to teams, Johnson said.

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