Certifications are essential for any IT professional to have. In this industry, knowledge is power. And having the right IT certifications can open a lot of doors for you as you’re trying to grow and advance in your career.
Let’s take a look at some of the most valuable certifications you should obtain for your development as an IT professional.
This is a foundational certification for just about any IT professional. It covers the fundamentals of technical support, hardware, and troubleshooting, and also certifies an individual in the best practices for networking, security, mobile devices, operational procedures, and various operating systems. If you don’t yet have this certification, it’s an important first step before you take your career any further.
Certified Information Systems Auditor
The ISACA, an international professional association, focusing on IT governance practices, considers the Certified Information Systems Auditor accreditation its cornerstone certification. Obtaining this certification tells employers that you’re an expert in monitoring, controlling, and assessing a company’s IT or business systems. Be aware that this certification requires five years’ worth of professional field experience.
Certified Ethical Hacker
Now more than ever, employers are looking to hire IT professionals to take care of their cybersecurity. Make yourself marketable to that end by obtaining the Certified Ethical Hacker certification. The CEH is one of the most popular certifications centering around cyber-security and is even considered a prerequisite for many security-based positions like a cyber forensics analyst or a cybersecurity engineer.
Microsoft Office Specialist
There are Basic, Expert, and Master certifications in the Microsoft Office Specialist realm. These show your competence in Microsoft’s various software programs, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, SharePoint, and OneNote. Having these MOS certifications is a must for tech support workers, and they’re also very helpful for those looking to get into cloud computing jobs.
CompTIA Cloud Essentials and CompTIA Cloud+
Speaking of cloud computing, those looking to enter this field should obtain the CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification, which covers basic cloud computing and virtualization skills, or the more advanced Cloud+ certification, one level up from the basic Essentials version. These are essential for getting hired in the cloud computing realm!
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