The pandemic, if not anything, has presented organizations with an opportunity to assess their IT infrastructures and think about deploying robust and advanced solutions, and to us, common folks, to leverage this time to upskill and get an edge in this industry. Not just that, the google trend suggests that interest in IT certifications has gone up by 40% between May and October this year alone.
Hence, we bring you the list of Top 7 IT Certifications in the year 2021 that may give you a great leg up in your career. Also, understand that this list is purely subjective and does not claim to be the absolute ranking. So, feel free to leave us with your suggestions in the comment section below.
During this pandemic in the name of COVID-19, the concept of working remotely has become the new norm. But this also brings many cyber threats due to IT remote access infrastructures, use of distributive tools and availability of enterprise data on endpoint devices.
Cybersecurity professionals are the heroes during this challenging time, central against potential cybersecurity attacks ranging from attack mitigation to penetration testing. All of this is covered in industry renowned certifications like the CEH and CompTIA Security+.
More than that, you also have certifications like the CISSP, CISM, OSCP, and GIAC. Now, these certifications are slightly pricey for sure. Still, it all starts to come together and make sense once you start making up to $215,000 or 29 lakhs per annum in India from big companies like HackerOne, Society Generale, Dell, FireEye, and NetApp.
You could also defend these companies from phishers, hackers and cyberattacks by gaining Cyber Security Skill from online Learning platforms like Coursera and Edureka.
2) Cloud Architect
Over the past decade, there might be an area in Information Technology (IT) that has gained as much popularity, interest or investment as Cloud Computing. The 22% interest rate for all cloud service providers predicted by IDC sums up to $277 Billion.
Now cloud has become a permanent fixture for end users, service providers and large organizations, which is why it has got so much attention and coverage from cloud certification providers and cloud-related product deliveries such as AWS, GCP, VMware and Azure. The average salary in the Cloud Computing industry is $153,000 in the US.
3) Project Management and IT Service Management
Global growth has been estimated to be 5.4% in 2021. Now, this leaves the GDP by about 6.5% lower than what was predicted pre-COVID. In economic despair like this, consumers and stakeholders need assurance that the person handling the products has the ability, has the experience and expertise to define the product, plan the product and deliver the products.
There are many certifications in this field. These certifications include PMP, PRINCE2, CSM, CSP, PMI-ACP, APMG and ITIL.
As you can see from the wide number of job-openings from Sunsilk and PnG to technology companies such as SIEMENS and Ubisoft.
Most companies are looking at DevOps these days as a cultural change as opposed to just a buzzword. With the increased demand for rapid developmental strategies and the constant requirement of application deployment, it is only obvious that the need for DevOps experts will grow in the upcoming years.
Having a DevOps certification is one way for potential candidates to gain a competitive edge over other competitors for the same position.
The top certifications in DevOps’ market are Jenkins, Docker, Puppet, Chef and Kubernetes. There are also certifications from Azure and AWS, namely the Azure DevOps Solutions Expert Certification and the AWS DevOps Engineer Certification.
Now the average salary for a Certified DevOps Expert goes up to $155,000 in the US and 21 lakhs in India. And when you are certified as a DevOps Expert or a DevOps Engineer, you can land a job in any companies such as Honeywell, Wipro, Cisco, Dell and IBM.
5) DataBase Admin Certifications
Over the past three decades, we have seen many database platforms. There has never been a question that databases are a crucial component for all computing tasks.
The talented and knowledgeable DBAs and professionals are welcome anytime, anywhere. IBM’s Professional Database Administrator, Microsoft SQL Server Database Certification, Oracle’s Certified Professional, SAP HANA and Salesforce are some of the market’s leading certifications in DBA.
This conveys the maturity of databases as a technology and its integral contribution to many computing tasks in companies such as Oracle, IBM, SAP, Salesforce and Society Generale. The average salary for DBAs and Database professionals is about $113,000 in the US.
6) Digital Marketing
Now globally, the Digital Marketing industry is worth $190 billion, which leaves us opportunities to be a part of this lucrative industry. There are a couple of Digital Marketing certifications, namely Google Analytics IQ or the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing by Google.
These certifications are designed to make you proficient in Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Pay-Per-Click Marketing, Conversion Optimization, Web Analytics, Content Marketing, Email and Mobile Marketing. These certifications get you industry ready to get hired in companies such as Etsy, eBay, Walmart and Amazon for more than comfortable incomes.
7) Networking Certifications
Before we start to understand and weigh the pros and cons of Networking Certifications, let’s break this one down slightly. Networking helps you sustain, assess and configure the computer hardware and operating systems.
It enables you to evaluate and alleviate risks on your system and select the technologies and network design, which will help prevent and defend and resolve your IT problems. This is a broad skill set and due because of which networking professionals are always in demand.
Now you could do it, too, if you got certified by CCNA, CCNP, ISACA, CompTIA Security+, Network+, and Red Hat Certifications. Now, once certified, you could land into companies like Cisco, Tech Mahindra, Accenture and HCL for comfortable salaries like 143,000 or 14 Lakhs in India on an average.
So, with that, I am ending the list of Top 7 Certifications for 2021. Now there are a few Honourable Mentions which we just had to touch upon. We have certifications like Data Center Virtualization Business Analyst Certifications, Governance, Risk and Compliance, and Business Intelligence Certifications, which almost made it to the list.
Now with that, we conclude our article on the top 7 certifications for the year 2021. Do tell us if we missed out on something in the comment section below.