Get These Computer Certifications. Make Buckets of Money

by QuickCert on September 17, 2010

Some IT Certs can help you reel in the cash
Let’s be honest here: the main reason to get a computer certification is to make more money.  Naturally, if that is your goal (which we suspect it is) then your time is best spent earning certifications most desired by employers. That’s where this article comes in…

Below you’ll find a short list of 4 different certifications.  Some are common requests in job advertisements, such as those on Monster. Others are renowned for the salary boost they can give you.

None of these computer certifications – by themselves – will get you the job. You still need real world ‘know-how’ to back up that pretty paper. What they will give you is an advantage, and when you want a higher salary in today’s outsourcing-crazy economy you need any advantage you can get.

So let’s take it from the top:

A+ certification

This is square one. Many of the world’s biggest IT employers (such as Microsoft, HP and Novell) set A+ certification as a requirement for employment.

CompTIA compiles the test itself, but you have to go through either Pearson VUE or Prometric to take it.  There are testing locations throughout the world, and prices vary depending on your country.

Earning an A+ certification is simple; just pass the two part exam with a score higher than 1375.

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

To earn the PMP certification, you have to show 3 to 5 years of real world experience managing projects in an IT environment. The PMP is a big deal; average reported salary of PMP holders is $100,000+ and they are only about 375,959 such holders on the face of the planet.

Here are the requirements for getting a PMP cert:

  • 3-5 years experience in project management (PM)
  • 35 hours PM-related computer certification training
  • Completion of PMP examination

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (try saying that three times fast!) is behind the CISSP. The requirements are so intense the U.S. DoD and the National Security Agency use the CISSP in their own certification tracks.  Average salary for a CISSP holder is just shy of $100K.

As far as requirements go, here’s what you’re up against:

  • 5 years experience doing security work for at least 2 different Consortium-approved information security domains
  • Truthful answers regarding your criminal history
  • Completion of CIISP exam
  • Endorsement by another CISSP holder

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification

Cisco has a name in the industry that’s heavier than a Looney Tunes anvil.  Using some of their certification mojo to beef up your resume is just a good idea. Plus, it helps that employers are actively looking for CCNA holders.

Getting one is simple; just pass Cisco exam #640-802. Alternatively, you can opt to pass the ICND1 #640-882 and ICND2 #640-816 to meet the qualifications.

One other thing…

Something to take note of: you can also go the development route to make the big bucks.  In that case you should focus on computer certifications such as the MCAD, MCSE and MCSD.

Regardless of which direction you choose, don’t make the mistake of going through computer certification training just for the sake of getting a piece of paper.  Pay attention to what employers are requesting (and paying for) and you’ll be driving a new BMW in no time.