Certification Magazine

Your guide to IT Certification and Salary
Certification Magazine January 2017 Salary Survey EditionCurrent Issue — Annual Salary Survey Edition
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As of 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the median annual income for computer and IT occupations in the United States to be $81,430, more than double the median annual income for all occupations of $36,200. In this issue of the magazine we take an intense look at the impact of certification on IT salary through the prizm of our annual Salary Survey. There’s lots of other good content as well, including Part 2 of our quest to answer the oft-asked certification question: What does it take to build a great certification program from scratch?

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2016 Magazine Issues
The April issue of Certification Magazine.November — Networking Edition
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It’s been estimated conservatively that 20 billion internet-enabled devices and objects will be linked to the internet by 2020. That’s a lot of connections, and there’s a great deal of opportunity in IT realm of networking. In this issue of the magazine, we provide salary data on popular networking certifications and look at networking from a number of different angles. We also tackle a frequently asked question that has an answer too complex for any mere FAQ: What does it take to build a certification program from scratch? Grab a copy of this issue and find out for yourself!

The April issue of Certification Magazine.July — Virtualization Edition
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Failure is good when it advances our understanding of what doesn’t work. If we’re humble and willing to learn, it can lead us in new and exciting directions previously unconsidered and unimagined. So it is that Virtualization and accompanying certifications are opening new and wondrous possibilities in IT. That’s why virtualization ranks among the top five categories in which companies plan to increase spending in 2016. This issue also includes a Q&A with the inventor of E-Mail and a look into the bright future of IT certifications via a look back.

The April issue of Certification Magazine.April — Project Management Edition
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Execution is everything in 2016. Many businesses and organizations have great ideas, but it takes vision and coordination to get IT done. Project managers understand the big picture and have a firm grasp of the details at the same time. Learn all about this exciting field in our brand new Project Management issue. We’ve also got the scoop on IBM’s new portfolio of security certifications, an overview of IT security management, a frank look at the recertification hamster wheel, and more.

The February issue of Certification Magazine.February — Annual Salary Survey Edition
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The people have spoken. More than 11,700 IT professionals from 101 countries around the world responded to our annual Salary Survey. We used all of that data to create a bigger, better index of the top-salaried certs in the survey — the Salary Survey 75 is back — find out what certifications are at the top of everyone’s to-do list, and more. You can also read up on what you need to know to succeed at any IT job interview, how to study effectively for any certification exam in just minutes a day (and why it works), and more.

2015 Magazine Issues
The November issue of Certification Magazine.November — Security Edition
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When everyone and everything is at risk of being hacked — from CIA director John Brennan to the POS transaction system at Target — where can individuals and organizations turn for safety and stability? We all need to get smarter about cybersecurity, but until that happens, skilled IT data and network protection professionals will be cashing increasingly substantial paychecks. Our latest Salary Survey PLUS confirms that escalating demand for security skills is driving salaries sky high.

The August issue of Certification Magazine delves into the wonderful world of Linux.August — Linux Edition
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Is Linux a quirky tech hobby for geeks, or the OS of champions? Casual personal computer users probably assume it’s the former, but if you work in IT, then you know it’s definitely, inarguably the latter. Since bursting onto the IT scene in 1991, Linux has become the backbone of the internet and the gas in the tank of nearly all of the world’s supercomputers. This issue includes the results of our Linux Salary Survey, IT career advice, profiles of certified professionals, and much more.

The May issue of Certification MagazineMay — Big Data Edition
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Are you in on the Big Data boom? From the cash register at the supermarket, to the fitness band that counts the steps on your morning run, to the app on your phone that logs your stats from all those games of Words with Friends — each of us is just a thousand points of light in someone’s data storage cluster. Businesses and governments are starting to tap the rich potential (and potential riches) of all those vast quantities of information. Find out how certification can help you get a piece of the action.

The February issue of Certification MagazineFebruary — Annual Salary Survey Edition

There may be a reason that our annual Salary Survey is one of the most popular things we do. We’re pretty sure that at least some people like to read this stuff almost as much as we like to ask about it. For example, did you know that the average total salary for EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification rose from $94,040 in 2013 to $96,290 in 2014? Neither did we, until a few weeks ago – but isn’t it cool?