The 15 highest-paying certifications for 2021

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The apical certification connected the yearly Skillsoft database has a wage of much than $171,000. Find retired what certifications you should beryllium moving toward.


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At a wage of $171,749, Google certified nonrecreational information technologist is the highest paying occupation connected Skillsoft's recently released yearly Global Knowledge 15 Top-Paying Certifications List, which reveals the astir in-demand skills and exertion areas for organizations, arsenic good arsenic the mean salaries associated with them.

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Cybersecurity and unreality certifications comprise astir of the database collectively for 2021, confirming however important hazard absorption has go to organizations today, the steadfast said. The top-paying certifications successful unreality computing bid salaries of much than $150,000, according to Skillsoft.

The institution said ITIL 4 Foundation is the astir wide held certification. 

"Technology is lone arsenic almighty arsenic the capabilities of the radical trained to usage it," said Michael Yoo, wide manager of exertion and developer skills astatine Skillsoft, successful a statement. "With this successful mind, certifications are an fantabulous mode of infusing captious skills into an organization, portion boosting worker productivity and investing successful ongoing nonrecreational development."  

Data from the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report confirms that much than three-quarters (76%) of IT decision-makers conflict with existing skills gaps, are challenged with endowment recruitment and retention, and look overwhelming workloads, according to Skillsoft. These issues tin unfastened organizations up to important risk, which underscores the value of certifications arsenic they assistance businesses adjacent organizational skills gaps and boost productivity, the institution said. 

"Cybersecurity hacks and technology-related outages person go much commonplace, and some tin person a tremendous interaction connected an organization's bottommost line," Yoo continued. "Pair risks similar these with the precocious complaint of skills gaps and increasing endowment wars, and you tin intelligibly recognize wherefore organizations are consenting to wage higher salaries to skilled IT professionals who tin support them."  

IT certification is 1 of the champion ways to validate your knowledge, skills and abilities successful a subject, Skillsoft said. Learning caller skills oregon earning a certification tin effect successful a rise of arsenic overmuch arsenic $12,000 a year, according to the Global Knowledge report.

However, Skillsoft added that it is important to enactment that salaries are based connected respective factors, including the quality to use a person's certified skills astatine work, occupation role, continuous nonrecreational development, tenure and hard work.

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The database besides provides a snapshot of the mean certification-holder for each credential, including the mean fig of certifications held, the astir fashionable cross-certification, if they clasp cybersecurity-related certifications, if they are successful absorption and their mean age, the institution said.

Top-paying certifications

  1. Google Certified Professional Data Engineer—$171,749
  2. Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect—$169,029
  3. AWS Certified Solutions Architect—Associate—$159,033
  4. CRISC—Certified successful Risk and Information Systems Control—$151,995
  5. CISSP—Certified Information Systems Security Professional—$151,853
  6. CISM—Certified Information Security Manager—$149,246
  7. PMP—Project Management Professional—$148,906
  8. NCP-MCI—Nutanix Certified Professional—Multicloud Infrastructure—$142,810
  9. CISA—Certified Information Systems Auditor—$134,460
  10. VCP-DVC—VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization 2020—$132,947
  11. MCSE: Windows Server—$125,980
  12. Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate—$121,420
  13. CCNP Enterprise—Cisco Certified Network Professional—Enterprise—$118,911
  14. CCA-V—Citrix Certified Associate—Virtualization—$115,308
  15. Security+—$110,974

The certifications connected the Skillsoft database are accredited by manufacture leaders, including AWS, Cisco, Google Cloud, ISACA and Microsoft, the institution said.

The 15 Top-Paying Certifications List uses information from implicit 3,700 U.S. IT professionals who participated successful Global Knowledge's IT Skills and Salary Survey, an yearly survey of exertion professionals and IT decision-makers, Skillsoft said. 

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