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JOBS AND SALARY For My Next Incredible Act Seminars, workshops and other forms of instructor-led training are even less widely utilized, with 62 percent of those surveyed steering clear of the classroom entirely. If you do choose to pony up for an instructor, then be prepared to make a considerable investment. While about 30 percent of respondents kept their total spending under $1,000, 11 percent spent between $1,000 and $10,000. One thing that probably influences spending (or lack thereof) on study materi- als is that the best preparation for many people is simply going to work every day. On-the-job training was deemed the most effective certification preparation by the largest single group of those surveyed, with strong satisfaction also derived from practice exams and self-study books. Hu- man instructors, in that regard, are rough- ly on par with product documentation. It’s always tricky predicting the future, even if you’re only predicting what’s next for you and you alone. Given that 74 percent of survey respon- dents are planning to pursue at least one addi- tional certification in the next 12 months, however, it’s only natural to wonder what’s on their minds. So we asked that, too: Which certification are you planning to earn next? These are the 50 most common answers, listed in order of popularity. ANNUAL Salary SurveY On the flip side, you probably shouldn’t plan to let peer-to-peer sharing carry the day: Almost nobody rated internet lists and forums as being either “excellent” or “very good” as a means of certification preparation. There are a variety of rationales for certification, and though salary is often a primary motivator, it’s far from the only reason that people choose to certify. For many who responded to our survey, it boils down to job skills. The two most popular non-salary reasons to become certified are a desire to improve skills used at a current job, and a desire to become better qualified to apply for a future job. Also registering strongly are a desire to gain increased self-confidence, as well as a desire to gain increased peer recognition. (Before you can desire to become certi- fied, of course, you have to find out about certification programs. Most of those sur- veyed said that they learn about certifica- tion programs primarily from employers, acquaintances and internet searches. Less broadly effective, but still a valued source of information for many are industry con- ventions and industry publications.) Finally, satisfaction with certifications is generally high. Slightly more than 68 per- cent of survey respondents either strongly agree (24 percent) or agree (44 percent) that certification has increased demand for their skills. And in terms of day-to-day workplace rewards, 59 percent of those surveyed either strongly agree (17 percent) or agree (42 percent) that certification has increased their workplace productivity, while 62 percent strongly agree (19 per- cent) or agree (43 percent) that certifica- tion has improved their problem solving skills. 1) ITIL Foundation 27) Red Hat Certified System Administrator 2) Oracle Certified Professional 28) IBM Certified Application Developer 3) PMI Project Management Professional 29) Acquia Certified Developer: Back-End Specialist 4) IBM Certified Specialist 30) CompTIA Security+ 5) Oracle Certified Asscociate 31) IBM Certified Advanced System Administrator 6) Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert 32) IBM Certified Solutions Expert 7) ITIL Intermediate 33) Oracle Certified Specialist 8) IBM Certified Solution Architect 34) IBM Certified Analyst 9) IBM Certified Database Administrator 35) Oracle Certified Expert 10) VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization 36) Cisco Certified Network Professional 11) IBM Certified Administrator Routing and Switching 12) Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate 37) ISACA CISA 13) IBM Certified Expert 38) (ISC)² HCISSP 14) EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker 39) Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer 15) IBM Certified Advanced Database Administrator 40) IBM Certified Solution Designer 16) IBM Certified System Administrator 41) Linux Professional Institute Level 2 17) Linux Professional Institute Level 1 42) Microsoft Technology Associate 18) ISACA CISM 43) VMware Certified Professional - 19) Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching Network Virtualization 20) IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert 44) VMware Certified Professional - Cloud 21) IBM Certified Developer 45) IBM Certified Solution Developer 22) ISTQB Certified Tester - Advanced 46) PMI Certified Associate in Project Management 23) (ISC)² CISSP 47) ITIL Expert 24) IBM Certified Solutions Specialist 48) Cisco Certified Network Professional Security 25) Red Hat Certified Engineer 49) CompTIA Network+ 26) Cisco Certified Network Associate Security 50) Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician 25