• Piggy bank THUMB

    Salary Survey 2013 — What’s in your bank account?

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    What’s your dream of the good life? For some it means a nice home and a family, a vacation to Disneyland or Yellowstone National Park, and a workshop with one of every power tool, or twin jet skis behind the garage. For others …

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  • Do you want some sweet coin? Get a certification!

    Salary Survey 2013 — Dollars & Cents

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    Let’s talk about the most important part of the salary survey: salary. In a world where just about everything involves technology — whether it’s ranchers using wireless transmitters to remotely herd cattle, or a toddler playing Temple Run on her parents’ tablet — IT professionals are in demand everywhere. Employers have …

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  • Shining, happy people holding hands ... because of certification!

    Salary Survey 2013 — Workplace

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    IT is everywhere in 2013, and IT workers are literally all over the map. You can find them any place you look, not just in big glass-and-steel buildings where floor space is measured in cubicles. To get a better picture of where people work, however, we asked a few questions about …

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  • What works for people trying to get certified?

    Salary Survey 2013 — Certification

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    What’s your certification story? We want to identify the best ways of becoming certified, as well as find out what people are doing to get there. There’s always the question of money — the exams aren’t free, and not everyone passes on the first attempt. Most candidates put in quite a bit of study …

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  • People are people, as seen in this chart.

    Salary Survey 2013 — Demographics

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    What do you see when you look in the mirror? We don’t know which of the IT professionals and students who responded to our 2013 Salary Survey have red hair, or brown skin, or green eyes. We can’t say how many respondents are at least 6 feet tall, or which ones …

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    DBA or Developer? Deciding which one suits you best.

    Editor’s Note: Check out Matthew’s latest DBA Article.

    On forums and LinkedIn groups dedicated to Oracle certifications, I often see people asking whether they should pursue the Oracle certification track to become a Database Administrator or a developer certification track (either PL/SQL or Java). As a …

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