Take the 2021 Salary Survey and get a FREE digital subscription

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It's finally time for the 2021 Salary Survey! Tell us about your tech salary!IS IT MONEY, or the milk of human kindness that makes the world go ’round? Trick question: Information technology (IT) makes the world go ’round. And successful IT requires smart people who have a high degree of expertise. IT pros don’t gain all of that breadth and depth of knowledge just by snapping their fingers, of course. Education, experience, and personal aptitude all play a role.

So does certification. As technology evolves, certification helps skilled professionals stay abreast of the changes. And increasingly, as teachers and professors look for the best means of educating high school and college students and preparing them for real world IT jobs, certification lays the foundation for a lifetime of IT learning and growth.

While money may not actually be the medium that transmits new technology into every corner of the globe, money is certainly involved. And certification is one way for you to get more of it. Or maybe it’s not. Are your certifications helping you find success in the job market? One way for all of us to find out is CertMag’s annual Salary Survey.

After you, and (almost) everyone else like you, gives us the answers to a few simple questions, we’ll crunch the numbers and tell you what we find. We are asking for a small chunk of your time: The 2021 Salary Survey has about 60 questions (answering a certain way in a couple of spots may skip you ahead) and probably takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Please be advised that you will only be permitted to take the survey if you have at least one (1) current IT certification. While we appreciate the volunteer spirit of everyone in IT, the purpose of the survey is to gather information about individuals who hold IT certifications.

We know that taking any survey requires patience and time, so we’re giving back to everyone who participates. If you take the survey all the way to the end, we’ll thank you with either (or both!) or two incentives. You can get a free digital subscription to Certification Magazine for one whole year. Or you can subscribe to the ink-and-paper edition at 40 percent off the normal cost. (Hate making decisions? Do both! We don’t mind.)

Not only that, but you could be one of a lucky handful to participate who gets a small bonus. If you take the entire survey, all the way to the end, you can enter your name and e-mail address in a random drawing to receive one of 15 $50 Amazon gift cards.

You can see the results next year in January, when our first quarterly issue of 2021 rolls around. (Why not subscribe? No really, we promise you’ll love it.)

Note: The Salary Survey will remain open through Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. (Mountain).

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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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8 thoughts on “Take the 2021 Salary Survey and get a FREE digital subscription”

  1. I have done many certifications, MCSE, MCP, CCNA , ISO Lead Auditor, PMP, CISM, ITIL V3 . Finally was able to complete Okta certificate as well. Okta certificate definitely give good kick start to the career.

  2. I’ve let most of my certifications expire. Cisco did a terrible job of keeping up on theirs and only provided a little real world value the first time through. Certifications don’t seem to provide many first contact employment opportunities any more, and once you pass HR they’re irrelevant.

    At this point, I don’t think most certifications provide much value to anybody except resellers to get better discount levels. They don’t even help you get to a useful level of support (e.g. bypass tiers 1-2 or 3).

    Most vendors certifications don’t seem to do a lot more than test what you could google or command complete just as easy, and sell you vendor terms and products.

    It’s interesting to watch the industry, but I think certifications have lost most of their value, and even then only provide that for entry level positions.

    On a similar note, I think these virtual conferences are also largely useless. Low engagement, low education, boring content. The biggest value was in the hallways.
    We’re getting better at working individually remotely. But worse at corporate training and on-boarding.

  3. I have done 16 certifications, MCP & CCNA in 2007, ISO Lead Auditor in 2009,ITIL V3 in 2011, Google IT specialist in 2020, CCISP in 2020, IBM cyber security in 2020, currently doing AIML post graduation. Also looking for an opportunity

  4. I received my A+ certification in 2002, My Network Systems Administration Associates Degree in 2015, and my MCP in 2019.

  5. A lot of meaningful questions regarding professional certifications. However, I think some questions at the end may not be relevant unless it is related to cultural risk management.

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