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The 13 Most Valuable IT Certifications Today

The possession of certifications never guarantees a job, but it definitely never hurts either. If you have been thinking about developing your credentials further, then you might as well make now the time to think about it more seriously. In an article for CIO magazine, Sarah K. White and Rich Hein outline the most valuable IT certifications to pursue today. They fall into areas of Microsoft certification, ISACA certification, cloud computing-related certifications, and project management certifications:

  1. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): for office managers, administrative workers, and anyone with a bizarre passion for Word and Excel
  2. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): for anyone involved with data systems, private cloud networks, enterprise networking, etc.
  3. Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): for designing apps specifically for Windows products
  4. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA): very useful for IT auditing roles
  5. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM): for IT security professionals, but requires several previous years of experience in security
  6. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC): for IT auditors and security managers
  7. Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT): for high-level IT staff
  8. MCSE: Cloud platform and Infrastructure: for IT managers and systems and network admins
  9. VCP6 – DCV: for systems admins and engineers to troubleshoot vSphere V6 infrastructures
  10. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional: for IT administrators and those with existing knowledge of the Amazon cloud
  11. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM): for starting-level project managers, project coordinators, and IT business analysts
  12. Project Management Professional (PMP): for all project managers
  13. Certified Scrum Master (CSM): for anyone who wants to… master scrum

For deeper elaboration on the usefulness of each of these certifications, you can view the full CIO article here:

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