Certifications

Can the PMP Make Sense for Developers?

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Project Management Institute
Does earning the Project Management Professional certification make any sense for someone who’s focused on a technical role like, say, a software engineer or developer? It might, if you’re looking to move onto the management track. A large proportion of project management jobs in everything from software development to SOA include the PMP as a requirement. The credential’s listed as either a requirement or “nice-to-have” for roles beyond project management, such as software engineer, information architect and senior SharePoint administrator.… continue…

IT Security Pros: Are You Worth a Million Dollars a Month?

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Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), has decided to make money in retirement—a whole lot of money. According to reports, he wants corporations to pay him up to a million dollars a month for his IT security expertise. Alexander insists that he’s providing value for the money, in the form of proprietary technology that he claims will detect hackers who infiltrate corporate networks to steal everything from credit-card numbers to proprietary data. In a recent interview… continue…

Are More Employers Willing to Pay for Certifications?

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The overall value of certifications is rising, which can put added pressure on job seekers to make sure their credentials are up to snuff. The good news is some employers may be willing to help you get the training you need. Of course, whether you can convince an employer to pay for training or certifications depends on a number of factors, including the skills, the industry and the company’s attitude toward training in general. Then there’s company size and the… continue…

Is This New Cyber Forensics Certification Worth the Investment?

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Continued pressure on cybersecurity systems is making professionals with security and forensic experience extremely attractive to employers. Not surprisingly, related certifications are gaining more attention, including one of the newer ones: the CCFP, or Certified Cyber Forensics Professional from the (ISC)². According to (ISC)² Executive Director W. Hord Tipton, the organization saw a need for a certification that was broader than those available for professionals working in and around law enforcement, intelligence, litigation, consulting and computer security. The CCFP’s target… continue…

Cyberattacks Focus Employers on Security Certifications

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Continuing cyberattacks like those mounted against Target, eBay and Apple are pressuring companies to emphasize security even more than they have been to date. When it comes to hiring, that’s adding to the importance of certifications in IT audit, security, governance and risk. In many cases, that importance is translating into pay premiums for professionals that hold the credentials. Click here to see security jobs. Among the certifications in greatest demand are those from ISACA, an international association that focuses… continue…

Employers Put More Value in Certifications

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After years of having their value called into question, the worth of many IT certifications is rising, spurred in many cases by governments’ use of them to describe expectations. This year’s first quarter brought the largest annual increase in market pay for certifications in more than 15 years and the fourth consecutive quarter of growth, according to analyst firm Foote Partners, which tracks a number of technology credentials. Click here to cybersecurity jobs. “Over the years, I’ve witnessed references to… continue…

Survey: Certifications Are Key to Security Salaries

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More than half — 58 percent – of cybersecurity professionals say that holding one or more information security certifications is the leading factor in a successful career, according to a survey by the SANS Institute. In addition, they believe certifications can add up to 5 percent to a security professional’s salary. At the same time, they say pay in the field hasn’t been especially dynamic. Indeed, despite high demand, salaries at the mid-level have largely stalled. Twenty-three percent of respondents… continue…

Big Demand for Epic Certifications in Healthcare IT

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Health IT
Project managers, implementation specialists, systems administrators, software testers and quality assurance analysts skilled in Epic are getting snapped up as quickly as they go on the market. Driving the demand are two things: the growing use of Epic Systems’ software at healthcare organizations, and the difficulty in getting Epic certified, says Caleb Potter, a principal recruiter for healthcare IT at the Seattle offices of recruiter Greythorn. Click here to find jobs requiring an Epic certification. Epic’s software dominates the work… continue…

How to Break Into Statistical Programming in Pharma

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Pharmaceutical companies have a seemingly insatiable demand for statistical programmers. Because the process of getting a drug to market requires an inordinate amount of clinical data analysis, they play a key part in the process whether they’re working at a drug company or a clinical research organization. Though a deep understanding of life sciences and significant experience with the clinical process is needed to move into a leadership role, employers in the space are beginning to bring in and train… continue…

2 Little-Known Certifications That Could Get You Promoted

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When it comes to earning certifications, tech professionals always worry about whether it’s worth their time and money. For enterprise architects and IT specialists, there’s some good news: Two credentials earned through the Open Group — including its Open Certified Architect and Open Certified IT Specialist — pay off, though not as you might think. Their value seems to be higher when it comes to moving up within your existing employer, as opposed to getting the attention of new hiring… continue…