Certification Magazine

Your guide to IT Certification and Salary
Certification Magazine July 2018 Tech Support EditionCurrent Issue — Tech Support Edition
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In the early decades of the information age, tech support professionals — the guys who could fix your malfunctioning PC, or build a new one from scratch — were close to the top of the IT food chain. In 2018, many are in danger of being replaced by machines. This issue of the magazine includes results from our latest survey, advice for support professionals who want to become their own bosses, and more. We also make the acquaintance of Martin Ballard, who walked away from a prosperous family business to teach high school kids about computers.

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2018 Magazine Issues
Certification Magazine April 2018 Salary Survey EditionApril — Cloud Computing Edition
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Remember the childhood game where you point to a cloud in the sky and tell your buddy what it looks like? Did either of you ever say, “That one looks like a versatile business infrastructure solution,” or, “That one looks like unlimited personal data storage”? This issue of the magazine includes results from our Cloud Certification Survey, a rundown of top cloud computing certs, and more. There are even things not directly related to the Cloud, like career advice for aspiring technical trainers, and an overview of the return of adaptive testing.

Certification Magazine January 2018 Salary Survey EditionJanuary — Salary Survey Edition
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Is your employer paying you what you’re worth? Our annual Salary Survey issue is back, with data from more than 4,000 certified IT professionals. There’s a new Salary Survey 75 list, a new list of which certifications are high on the to-do list of working IT pros, and much more. Also in this issue, we have suggestions for teachers helping students to master Microsoft Office, guidance for promoting the value of your IT credentials in a crowded market, and a look at technology trends that could change the industry in 2018.

2017 Magazine Issues
Certification Magazine October 2017 Security EditionOctober — Cybersecurity Edition
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The world has need of employable cybersecurity professionals. Many more of them than we have now, in fact. Experts estimate that there are currently more than 1 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs, and there will be 1.8 million unfilled jobs by 2022. That’s just one of the looming cybersecurity challenges discussed in this issue, along with the results of our latest certification survey. Also in this issue, we give tips to promote success in online learning, consider the value of a college degree in computer science, and more.

Certification Magazine July 2017 Big Data EditionJuly — Big Data Edition
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Do you know what a zettabyte is? It’s a whole lot of data — 1 sextillion ordinary garden variety bytes — and also not very much at all. Merely a single year’s worth of traffic on the internet. What are we doing with all of that data, and how can it benefit us? It can benefit working professionals who hold Big Data certifications, for one, as we learned from our latest salary survey. Also in this issue, we help you get better at motivating students to take and pass certification exams, check in on the state of digital badging, and more.

Certification Magazine April 2017 Linux EditionApril — Linux Edition
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More than 25 years after its initial (and humble) release, Linux is the mouse — make that penguin — that roared. The open source OS not only supports vast swaths of the internet, but popularized a software development model that is currently among the hottest trends in IT. Linux certifications aren’t particularly plentiful, but certification is still an excellent way to both enter and explore the Linux realm. And the salary can be pretty good as well. This issue of the magazine also looks at the hiring crunch in cybersecurity, ponders the future of IT exams, and more.

Certification Magazine January 2017 Annual Salary Survey EditionJanuary — 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?

2016 Magazine Issues
Certification Magazine October 2016 Networking EditionOctober — 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!

Certification Magazine July 2016 Virtualization EditionJuly — 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.

Certification Magazine April 2016 Project Management EditionApril — 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.

Certification Magazine February 2016 Annual Salary Survey EditionFebruary — 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
Certification Magazine November 2015 Security EditionNovember — 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.

Certification Magazine August 2015 Linux EditionAugust — 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.

Certification Magazine May 2015 Big Data EditionMay — 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.