Ten IT Certifications That Lead to Big Paychecks

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC): $118,253

    Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC): $118,253

    This certification is for project managers and other IT professionals hired to identify and manage key risks through proper information systems controls.

Remember when making six figures seemed like an elite level of compensation? These days, this milestone is obtainable for many technology professionals who have the right certifications, according to a survey from Global Knowledge and Penton. In the resulting "2014 IT Skills and Salary Survey" report, eight of the 10 top-ranked certifications average salaries of at least $100,000—and the other two are very close. Money isn't everything, of course. So it's encouraging to see that the skills represented here are empowering tech professionals to take leadership roles in IT project management, software development, security, virtualization, cloud computing and asset management. If you're missing these certifications, you may want to consider taking some classes. Nearly 12,000 U.S. IT and business professionals in North America took part in the research. (Note: Global Knowledge stated that some certifications, such as Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) and VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX), are not included in the list due to their "exclusive nature.")

This article was originally published on 2014-08-20
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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