The Most Valuable IT Certifications to Get By 2014

Constant changes in technology bring a new wave of opportunities and challenges to businesses: adoption, implementation, and maintenance of critical systems and networks are essential to moving business forward. Consequently, hiring IT professionals who can support this infrastructure is becoming a top priority among employers across the country.

Studies show that eighty-five percent of IT hiring managers consider IT certification a medium to high priority when hiring for IT positions. IT employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. IT professionals gain an average 9 percent salary increase immediately after receiving certification, and 29 percent over the long term, versus peers who are not certified*.

Ready to see the advantage of IT certification for yourself? Unitek Education had compiled a list of the ten most valuable IT Certifications to have by 2014!

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MSCA) Windows Server 2012
The MSCA Windows Server 2012 certification is “the foundation of your professional career”, it qualifies certificate holders for positions as network or computer systems administrators or computer support specialists. MCSAs reduce IT costs across their organization, delivering true professional and business value.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MSCE) Exchange Server 2013
The MCSE Exchange Server 2013 certification verifies your ability to migrate your company to the cloud, increase user productivity, reduce data loss, and improve data security. MCSE Exchange Server 2013 certificate holders can work as network and computer systems administrators and are an essential asset to optimizing IT infrastructures.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MSCE) Windows Server 2012
The MCSE Windows Server 2012 certification is “the globally recognized standard for IT professionals”. MSCE’s possess the skills of running efficient data centers, identity management expertise, systems management, virtualization, networking, and storage. MCSEs produce innovative solutions across multiple technologies, both on-premise and in the cloud.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MSCA) SQL Server 2012 
Obtaining an MCSA SQL Server 2012 certification demonstrates that the certificate holder has the skillset and insight to develop and maintain mission-critical SQL environments. MCSA SQL Server 2012 certification qualifies IT professionals for positions as database developers and database analysts.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MSCE) SQL Server 2012 
MCSE SQL Server 2012 demonstrates the certificate holder’s broad skillset in building and administering enterprise data solutions in both on-premise and cloud environments. MCSE SQL Server 2012 certification qualifies IT professionals for positions as database analysts and database designers.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 
The Cisco Certified Associate Routing and Switching certification is designed for entry-level network engineers. CCNAs increase the value of their employers’ networks with their abilities to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot routed and switched networks.. CCNAs work are network specialists, network support engineers, and network administrators.

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) 
The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) validates the certificate holder’s ability to plan, implement, verify, and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. CCNPs are qualified for roles such as network technician, support engineer, systems engineer, or network engineer.

NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA)
NetApp Certified Data Management Administrators (NCDAs) have proven that they have the skills to provide support, administrative functions, and performance management for NepApp Storage appliances running Data the ONTAP OS in NFS and Windows multiprotocol environments. NCDAs are an integral part of any business on a NetApp Storage appliance!

NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer (NCIE)
There are two NCIE certifications that set NetApp professionals apart from the rest. NetApp Certified Backup and Recovery Implementation Engineers (NCIE – B&R) have proven skills in designing and implementing NetApp disaster recovery solutions, and assessing storage requirements. NetApp Certified SAN Implementation Engineers (NCIE – SAN) have proven skills in assessing customer storage requirements, implementing SAN solutions, and integrating various operating systems.

CompTIA A+/Network+/Security+ Certification 
Comptia Certifications are recognized across the IT industry. CompTIA A+ professionals possess the skills required for troubleshooting, preventative maintenance, installation, and networking. CompTIA Network+ professionals can manage, troubleshoot, maintain, and configure network infrastructure.

Next Steps
If you are ready to expand your career opportunities and increase your salary potential, speak with a Unitek Education representative about Unitek Eduction’s IT certification training at 888-825-6273 or request more information

(CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, Jan 2011)
(US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, March 2011)
(CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, Jan 2011)