A recent study by Global Knowledge revealed the IT certifications that bring the best return on investment (ROI).
Indeed, it was reported that the Google, AWS, and Microsoft certifications were the best ranked and could lead to six-figure salaries. Google Certified Professional Data Engineer was found on top of the list, with the certification bringing in $171,749. It was closely followed by the Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect and the Associate AWS Certified Solutions Architects.
Other certifications that made it to the top 15 included CRISC, CISSP, CISM, PMP, CISA, MCSE, CompTIA Security+, CCA-V, as well as Azure, Cisco, Nutanix, and VMware. These certifications can lead to a salary of around $151,000 to $110,000.
Moreover, the study found out that many of the top-paying certifications relate mainly to cloud computing and cybersecurity, with the ITIL Foundation being the most widely held certification. It was also reported that more than 65% of IT leaders believe that having an employee with a certification brings over $10,000 in annual economic value while 22% said the annual value is $25,000 and above.
Besides, more than 75% of IT leaders stated to be struggling with finding employees who match the skills they’re looking for, especially as hacks and technology-related outages have increased. Indeed, around 52% of respondents declared having two to four positions that they were unable to fill in the past year.
As cloud adoption is becoming the norm, it is clear that enhanced digital security measures have become fundamental to business operations. Organizations are now more willing than ever to pay higher salaries to skilled IT professionals who can assure the protection of the business.