Salary Survey PLUS — Big Data

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The right big data cert could be your key to big earnings!There’s money in Big Data. We’ve all heard someone say it. Businesses and other organizations routinely collect and store information. Sometimes it’s information about consumer behavior, or consumer demographics. Sometimes it’s information about transactions, or business interactions. Sometimes it’s information that directly corresponds to a business need, and sometimes it’s information that doesn’t appear to serve any purpose at all.

It used to be difficult to collect, store and process all of that information, but rapidly advancing technology has lessened those challenges considerably. And nearly everyone agrees that buried beneath all of the rising mountains of data are rich veins of potential profit. Everyone could be about to strike it rich, including the latter-day ’49ers who have the skills to find, extract and refine that rich ore. The boom is on, and the right certification could  … well, that’s what we’re here to find out.

How much can you add to your income with a big data certification? There are several factors that determine salary, of course, but a good certification can be a strong argument for someone seeking a raise or bonus. And certain high-paying jobs may require certification as a prerequisite to being hired. We’d like to help you join the big data gold rush.

Welcome to the fourth in our new series of surveys, begun last year, that are aimed at smaller targets. We’ll still bring out the big bullseye at the end of each year for our annual Salary Survey. In between, however, we’ll take a more focused look at organizations and companies that offer certifications, or at certain types of certifications.

For the upcoming Spring Edition of Certification Magazine, we’re taking a look at big data certifications. All of them. “Big data” is a bit of a nebulous term, but enough people want to know what it means that there are more than 40 certs on the market (with still others in development). If you hold one or more of those credentials, then please pull up a chair. This will only take a minute.

BIG THANKS to everyone who participated in our Big Data certification survey. Watch for the results to appear the forthcoming 2015 Spring Edition of Certification Magazine.

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Certification Magazine was launched in 1999 and remained in print until mid-2008. Publication was restarted on a quarterly basis in February 2014. Subscribe to CertMag here.

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