Learn It to Earn It: Tech Certification Programs Pay Off
Certification programs are a way for job seekers to build their expertise while also enabling employers to fill skills gaps and boost talent retention. A recent survey revealed that 94 percent of employees say they would stay at their company longer if their employers invested in their careers. Boredom, 33 percent say, is the top reason to look for a new job.
Certification programs can help improve employee retention and enhance skillsets to fill gaps. Here’s a look at some of the most popular programs with the highest rates of return.
Certification programs were created to provide a pathway to improve skill-development opportunities and wages. As these programs have evolved, some certifications became less of a differentiator and more of a direct line to employment. For example, a career as a surgical technologist, industrial engineer technician or web developer is possible once an individual earns a certificate. For these professionals, the appeal is the ability to learn in an expedited timeframe.
Approximately 80 percent of information technology (IT) professionals find that industry certifications are valuable to their careers. The Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report cites certifications in cloud computing, project management, cybersecurity and networking as among the highest paying in the field right now.
These certifications include:
- Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect
- Project Management Professional (PMP®)
- Certified ScrumMaster®
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect/Associate
- AWS Certified Developer/Associate
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Server Infrastructure
However, because IT changes so frequently, new certifications are introduced on a regular basis. As a result, many organizations offer prep classes designed to help candidates score well on certification exams. Other organizations, like Microsoft and Hubspot, offer certifications that drill down into their own proprietary software programs, while companies like Amazon provide the skills non-technical employees need to advance in IT areas.
As the competition for talent grows, arming employees with the expertise required to stay engaged and productive for their organizations will become more vital to workforce management success. In the end, most certification programs pay off, particularly when the offerings align with employee interests.