This, as you should know, is Certification Magazine. As such, we cover the certification exams that IT professionals take to educate themselves and quantify or authenticate their skills for potential or current employers, as well as covering IT in general.
But not every certification is concerned with something IT-related. You can be certified to fly a plane, for example. You can be certified as a lifeguard, accountant, teacher or nurse. You can be certified as a marina manager, a pool and spa professional or even as a beer judge.
The list goes on and on. Yet, in covering the professional certification industry, we’ve always stuck to IT certs because that’s where our expertise is and what our readers want to know about. There have been moments, however, where we’ve almost accidentally wandered away from that. I once found myself about to call a source to get more information on a newly emergent certification program when I suddenly realized, “Wait, this isn’t the kind of certification we cover.” (No, it wasn’t the beer judge certification — I think it was bowling alley lane-centering certification.)
So, for our November issue, we elected to tackle head-on this ambiguity of sorts. Robert Winding’s cover story, “Nontechnical Certs for Career Development,” discusses just that: certifiable skills for IT pros that don’t necessarily involve being hunched over a keyboard or a server eight to 12 hours a day. Winding outlines certification programs in project management, auditing and business that can potentially make techies more marketable and give them increased maneuverability within their organizations.
On another note, it’s November, and Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. Going into the end of the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates demand for IT professionals will grow by nearly 50 percent through 2012, with more than 1.5 million new computer- and IT-related positions being created.
For those in the IT industry, that’s certainly something to be thankful for.