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15 IT certifications worth watching
Which IT certifications will do your career the most good now and in the future? Check out 15 that are flying under the radar or emerging as valuable
Emerging IT certifications
As Johnson from Robert Half said at the outset, public cloud is a key growth area in the certifications world. That’s likely to remain true for the foreseeable future. He cites three examples of platform-specific credentials that are in demand for public cloud:
AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Note: This has two levels – Associate and Professional – depending on your goals and experience.)
“Certifications like [these] will be especially in demand in the next few years,” Johnson says.
The lineup of current Red Hat certifications also includes a number of cloud-minded options.
As Kubernetes-related hiring heats up, it’s natural to expect the appeal of the CKA (and for developers, the CKAD), offered by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), to grow. Ramachandran says that’s already the case at OpsRamp as they increase support for Kubernetes.
“CNCF is fast becoming the top resource for education and training on emerging cloud-native technologies,” Ramachandran says. “I particularly like what they’re doing with comprehensive Kubernetes training for everything from installation and configuration through monitoring and application lifecycle management. As we continue to build support for Kubernetes workloads, I like to see candidates with this certification because it signifies a good general understanding of the technology and the CNCF.”
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“Another emerging IT certification might be CASP+,” Johnson says. “This is a vendor-neutral certification, which isn’t typical. The certification is for advanced practitioners in cybersecurity, a field that is seeing high demand right now for advanced skills and experience.”
High demand might be putting it mildly. High-level security pros are getting big money on the job market right now, according to the Robert Half Technology 2019 salary guide.
[ Related read: IT security jobs by the numbers: 12 stats ]
Before we get to blockchain, Johnson also notes two other certifications that fit emerging (because they’re trendy technologies) but also under-the-radar, since they haven’t yet become ubiquitous:
Blockchain IT certifications
“Blockchain is also a growing and emerging area,” Johnson says. Before you say “duh,” bear in mind Johnson’s referring specifically to professional credentials in a nascent job market.
“Keep an eye on certifications like BTA (Blockchain Training Alliance), CBSA (Certified Blockchain Solution Architect), and CBDE (Certified Blockchain Developer - Ethereum), which may become popular in the next few years,” Johnson advises.
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