Dice.com has a report from the Robert Half Technology company of the most in-demand technology skills and certifications for 2016.
Over 2,000 chief information officers in the U.S. were surveyed for the report.
Security, Cloud, Networking Most Lucrative IT Certifications
Solution providers looking to strike it rich should pursue certifications in IT security, virtualization, cloud computing, business and networking.
That’s according to information gathered for the 2016 IT Skills and Salary Survey, conducted by Cary, N.C.-based business training and certification company Global Knowledge. More than 10,000 people responded to the survey.
All but two of the top 15 certifications pay more than $100,000, and the two that don’t are less than a thousand dollars shy. And a certification that didn’t even make last year’s list is now at the top of the pack thanks to its skyrocketing rise in popularity (certifications must have at least 100 responses to be included on the list).
With the revelation of a huge data breach at health insurer Anthem, which could affect as many as 80 million people, it didn’t take long for experts’ forecasts that 2015 will bring even more cyber attacks to become a reality.
Experian’s 2015 Data Breach Industry Forecast predicts more of the massive attacks that Target, eBay and Home Depot have experienced, and points to health care in particular as “a vulnerable and attractive target for cybercriminals.”
That’s making cybersecurity among the hottest IT skills around. This dovetails with news that companies seem less leery of making full-time IT hires as the recovery from the recession continues. In fact, nearly three-quarters of companies in a Dice survey said they plan to expand by more than 10 percent in early 2015.
Job postings for cybersecurity pros have increased 91 percent year over year on Dice’s job board, which ranks them among the hardest positions to fill.
In the world of technology, the certifications and skills that organizations need to keep pace is constantly shifting. To help you find the most valuable certifications to advance your tech career, CIO.com spoke with David Foote, Chief Analyst and Research Officer with Foote Partners, to find out what certifications are on fire in today’s IT market.