Welcome back to our career changers blog! Let’s talk about the most in-demand IT certifications amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The demand for qualified IT professionals is growing due to an increase in people working from home and businesses shifting to an online-only platform. We’ve talked in our previous posts about how certifications are critical to being successful in Information Technology. Now, we’ll narrow that discussion and share the most marketable certifications you can acquire during this large-scale digital transition.
A career field that can boast recession-resistance is extremely relevant in the job market today. In the midst of the pandemic, over 30 million people have filed for unemployment since mid-march. Investing your time and energy into a stable career field is further validated by this staggering figure. The graphic above illustrates how the Information Technology industry grows (in employment opportunities) despite fluctuations in the economy. As more businesses increase their digital presence, more jobs are generated in the IT community. This trend was true even before COVID-19 was a factor. We are now experiencing an era of propelled and rapid adaptation to the growing IT needs of the world.
Which certifications are in highest demand?
The jobs that currently have the highest demand in IT include:
- Client Support Specialist
- Network Administrator
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Cloud Engineer
- Database Manager
- Project Manager
- IT Service Manager
If you’re a fresh face in the IT field, you may begin with a Tier-1 job. This category includes client services and technical support positions. The best certifications for foundational understanding and marketability for Tier-1 IT jobs are CompTIA A+ Hardware and Software, Networking+, and Security+. It’s also helpful to have the Microsoft certifications MOS and MCTS. In Tier-2, you’ll find network management positions. Security focused Tier-2 jobs will lend well to certifications like CND (Certified Network Defender) and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) network focused Tier-2 jobs point to certifications like CCNA and Networking with Server 2016.
There are many certifications that all IT job roles can benefit. One of these is Cloud Systems and Computing, as most companies are transitioning to cloud based storage. Understanding Cloud Security will also prove useful as the functionality of cloud-based systems are being utilized more than ever. Project and Process Management can improve your marketability and equip you with the tools you need to be an efficient leader in IT (or any) projects. PMI Agile, PMP and CAPM certifications can propel your career managing projects in any industry and ITILv4 is specifically geared towards IT Service Management.
At Training Concepts, we offer streamlined classes that prepare you to certify and become industry ready quickly. Our classes are instructor-lead and taught by experts that are also IT consultants regularly practicing what they teach.
Want to know how you can go from “Zero to IT in 6 Months” and begin or advance your recession resistant career? Let’s sit down and discuss what certifications will put you on your path for success.
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