Considering a career change amidst the economic turmoil of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? It turns out that despite everything else going on in the world, the tech sector is booming right now. Employers are experiencing critical skills and labour shortages in the IT fields, and acquiring the most sought-after certifications can give your salary a serious boost.
Those are the findings from the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report released this morning. This study is based on responses from over 9,500 IT professionals across 159 countries. The results show that 78 per cent of IT decision-makers globally face critical skills gaps and are struggling to find qualified employees.
The research also shows that professionals achieving new certifications with in-demand skills can position themselves for pay boosts that are upwards of $12,000.
The team over at Global Knowledge, who conducted this survey have also published a list of the most lucrative IT certifications you can obtain right now – along with the average salaries globally that these workers earn. IT decision-makers responded conclusively there are two technical areas that are the most crucial in 2020, and these are cloud computing and cybersecurity.
Therefore, the top four IT certifications by salary are in either cloud or security. IT professionals with these skills in particular find themselves in high demand and can earn the largest paychecks in the industry.
The tech certifications that lead to the highest salaries
1. Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect — $175,761
2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate — $149,446
3. CISM – Certified Information Security Manager — $148,622
4. CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control — $146,480
5. PMP® – Project Management Professional — $143,493
6. CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional — $141,452
7. CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor — $132,278
8. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner — $131,465
9. VCP6-DCV: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization — $130,226
10. ITIL® Foundation — $129,402
11. Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals — $126,653
12. Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate — $125,993
13. CCA-N: Citrix Certified Associate – Networking — $125,264
14. CCNP Routing and Switching — $119,178
15. CCP-V: Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization — $117,069