8 IT Certifications That Will Boost Your Career Today


Every tech professional knows that the job market is competitive. You need to give yourself every advantage over the other pros vying for hiring managers’ attention. Certifications are an excellent way to boost your career, whether you’re looking to move up or move on to new challenges. Here are eight certifications you should consider that will help you achieve your goals.

  1. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

If you are a professional that designs, manages or builds IT security systems, consider earning CISM certification. According to data, salaries for salaries for professional CISMs range from $59,000 to $225,000 per year.

  1. Project Management Professional (PMP)

If you want to move into project management, consider pursuing PMP certification, widely regarded as the market-leader for project management. It does require a four-year degree, minimum of three years’ experience, 4500 hours of time in project leadership and 35 hours of project management education. Applicants without a college degree require more experience hours before they can take the exam. The average salary for PMP certified professionals ranges from $58,000 through $177,000 per year.

  1. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI), CAPM certification is ideal for people just getting started in a project management career and who lack the experience to pursue a PMP. The average salary for CAPM certification ranges significantly, from $35,000 to $129,000 per year, but that swing is typically related to the experience of the individual project manager.

  1. Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

In both software and hardware development, Agile is becoming the go-to method for seeing projects from conception to implementation. CSM certification proves expertise in Scrum, the management framework for Agile. Average salaries for CSMs start at $56,000 and can go as high as $142,000 per year.

  1. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

MCSE has been a trusted and sought-after certification for decades. It is suitable for IT professionals who work with servers, private cloud networks, data systems, enterprise devices, business applications and networking.  Average salaries for professionals with MCSE certification spans $50,000 to $145,000.

  1. Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

Software engineers, architects, programmers and developers who work with Windows can leverage MCSD certification to prove expertise in building and maintaining proprietary apps for Windows. Average salaries for MCSD certification  start at $50,000 and climb as high as $150,000 per year.

  1. VCP6-DCV

Systems admins, engineers and IT managers who are already VCP-certified but want to exhibit expertise in troubleshooting vSphere V6 infrastructure should pursue VCP6-DCV certification. Average annual salaries for VCP certification range from $48,000 to $126,000.

  1. AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Professional)

Developers, systems engineers, and IT administrators who are experienced in Amazon Web Services can benefit from pursuing AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional certification. It does require an AWS Certified Solutions Architect credential, and salaries average around $125,000

If you are an IT professional in Boston looking for new career opportunities, contact FootBridge today. Our professional recruiters have partnerships with some of the most innovative and dynamic companies in the country. We’ll help to connect you with a position that will help you achieve your long-term career goals.


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