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Certification Feature
CertMag’s 2006 Salary Survey
Tegan Jones, Daniel Margolis, Brian Summerfield, Kellye Whitney & Sarah Stone Wunder
Compensation information: You want it, we’ve got it. This year’s Salary Survey features data compiled from responses provided by 35,573 IT professionals in 197 different countries, along with in-depth analyses from CertMag’s editorial team.


Job Roles Feature
Web Services Engineers: From Mavericks to Mainstream
Albion M. Butters, Ph.D.

Much of the chatter in the development community in the past few years has centered around the potential of Web services in IT environments. With skilled Web services engineers turning to new standards such as Representational State Transfer (REST), that potential might become reality very soon.

Techniques Feature
Study Buddies: Maximize Learning with the Right Tools
Matt McGrath

The old saying “Two heads are better than one” is often applicable when preparing to take a certification exam. You might want to tap a friend or two to help you out before attempting a challenging test. What qualities should you look for in a study buddy?




Tech Careers
Overcoming Roadblocks to Job Search Success
Katherine Spencer Lee

You might hear news that the job market for IT professionals is strong. Depending on your professional background, however, the reality might seem different. For instance, you might have many years of experience in the IT field, but the majority of job postings you’ve come across are suitable for only junior-level applicants. Or perhaps you have broad technical skills, but firms in your area seek specialized expertise. How can you overcome roadblocks such as these and find a job?


Consultant’s Corner
On the Road Again: Dealing with Clients

David Garrett
There are, by and large, two types of consultants: those who live on the road, and those who don’t. if your consulting practice gives you an intimate knowledge of the interstate, or if you spend more time in airports than pilots do, what follows will save you time.


Virtual Village
Bragging Rights

Data Stream
News & Notes for Certified Professionals


Dealing with Burnout

Brian Summerfield
Life moves incredibly fast, and it seems that we can get overwhelmed with all the “getting and spending” we do on a daily basis. This, of course, quickly can lead to burnout, not just because of the sheer amount of tasks being performed but also because a constant, tunnel-vision focus on your professional life can severely tax the brain and spirit.




BNSF Railway Co.: On the Right Track for IT and Business Collaboration
Kellye Whitney

IT professionals can find some of the best career opportunities in seemingly unlikely places – the freight industry, for example. For freight transportation provider BNSF Railway, it’s “All aboard!” for skilled techies.


Inside Certification
Linux Professional Institute: Influencing the IT Landscape Through Regional Enablement
Jim Lacey

For the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), its certifications are more than just a reliable means of assessing candidates’ skills with the popular open-source operating system. Credentialing presents an opportunity for LPI to evangelize about the advantages of open-source adoption.




Editor’s Letter
Out With the Old, In With the New
The Certification Magazine Staff

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