The hottest IT skills are noncertified

Employers are paying higher premiums for IT skills that don't come with a piece of paper, though hands-on experience remains a big draw

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The hottest skills out there
In what skills, then, should an IT pro invest his or her time learning? Overall, IT certifications earning the highest pay premiums, according to Foote, include:

  • Oracle Certified Master, Java EE Enterprise Architect (formerly Sun SCEA)
  • Oracle SOA Architect Certified Expert
  • OCM (Oracle DBA Administration Certified Master)
  • Teradata Certified Master
  • PMP (Project Management Professional)
  • Master IT Certified Architect (ITAC/The Open Group)
  • CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst
  • Multiple GIAC security certifications, including GCIH (GIAC Certified Incident Handler), GCIA (Intrusion Analyst), and Secure Software Programmer for .Net and for Java
  • Various Cisco certifications, including CCIE (Certified Internetwork Expert), CCDP (Design Professional), and CCDE (Design Expert)
  • MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect)
  • Three HP systems administration and engineering certifications, including HP Master ASE (Accredited Systems Engineers), HP/AIS (Accredited Integration Specialist), and ASE (Systems Engineer)

Finally, the noncertified skills earning the highest pay premiums include:

  • More than two dozen SAP and business application skills, including SAP HANA (In-Memory Appliance), SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer, SAP CFM, SAP EBP (e-Procurement), SAP BW Accelerator, and SAP PS (Project Systems)
  • Web/e-commerce development skills, including Documentum, Python, Microsoft Commerce Server, .Net, and Sharepoint Server; social networking skills; Oracle Workflow; and SOAP
  • Management, process, and methodology skills, including business process management, business performance management, TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework), information risk management, project management, and quantitative analysis
  • Systems and networking skills, including virtualization, security (DW/BI, ERP, Web, and project assignments), network security management, and wireless network management
  • All forms of Unix
  • Database skills including database management, Oracle DB/8i/9i/10g/11i, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise, Informatica, and Microsoft SQL Server

Highlights from Foote's IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index are available as a PDF and as HTML.

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