Ever wonder how much that certification is worth? While it's hard to put a dollar sign on certifications, CompTIA offers some insight in the results from a recent survey.
- 65 percent of employers use IT certifications to differentiate between equally qualified candidates
- 72 percent of employers use IT certifications as a requirement for certain job roles
- 60 percent of organizations often use IT certifications to confirm a candidate's subject matter knowledge or expertise
- 66 percent of employers consider IT certifications to be very valuable -- a dramatic increase from the 30 percent in 2011
Numbers like these make it hard to discount the validity of certifications. That said, all certifications are not equal, which is why twice a year we look at which certifications are poised for growth over the next six to 12 months. And with 2015 upon us, we turn to Foote Partners and its recently released "IT Skills Demand and Pay Trends Report" to find out which certifications will carry the most weight throughout 2015 in terms of pay and demand.
"The hot list is put together by looking at 3-6-12 month value growth vectors, then vetting it via interviews with about 400 CIOs and other decision makers on their skills investment plans for 2015," says David Foote, chief analyst and research officer at Foote Partners.
"Historical pay premium performance is only one of many factors we consider in forecasting. It is normal in our forecasting that 50 percent or more of the skills showing the most growth in the prior three months and six months do not make our Hot List of skills that we are certain will increase in value in next 6 months," says Foote.