Thursday, November 3, 2016

15 Top Paying IT Certifications of 2016

What are the Top Paying IT Certifications for 2016?

These are certifications that will get you a job that pays above $100,000 in the US if you have from 3-5 years of experience.

If you have no experience and your fresh out of college (Community College, Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate Levels) or you are changing career's and are making the jump into IT, you will need a lot of hands-on experience.

You can get a ton of hands-on with a credit card and Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform or Amazon EC2. You need to do the work and complete some projects. What is not well known, is that if you have a portfolio online or a blog that you can show your potential employer during an interview (or email before an interview), they may give you a chance. Another useful resource is recruiters. Recruiters sole purpose in life is to make money. The more people that they can funnel into a company's IT Director, IT Manager or SVP IT person's requirements, the more money they make and the better opportunity for you to learn.

DO NOT CHEAT AND ASK SOMEONE TO DO IT FOR YOU!!!! All you will do is embarrass yourself, and any competent IT Manager, Systems Administrator or Developer will sniff you out in minutes that you do not know what you are doing. It's a pain to deal with, and in the end, you will end up getting fired.

Also, if you're a poor writer, use Grammarly. It's an English grammar editor on steroids and will fix your English. Clear communications in English are critical for non-native English speakers when submitting resumes or a portfolio.

These certifications are broken down into three sections: Security, IT Operations, Project Management, Development. As of this writing, there is no centralized certification for Javascript, Python, HTML5, CSS, or Node.js. There is a flurry of Coding Dojo's and Bootcamp's hitting the street, but do your homework and look at free options before dumping thousands of dollars into learning web application development. Community Colleges, YouTube and free or low-cost options are better than spending $20-50,000 at a 4-year college or university in Computer Science, but let's be clear, you do need some formal education to be competitive in today's market. Do not attend non-accredited schools in your country. If you are in the US, UK or another western country, verify that the community college, college or university is accredited by a regional accreditation body before you sign up and pay $1.00 for classes. Also, if you have no education, start with a  community college first. I graduated from a community college before going onto Master's and Doctorate level education. I found that their training was more rigorous at times over alternative options; plus, you learn with other adult learners, and it's free with a Pell Grant or low cost if your not a citizen. You will do nothing but waste your money if you go to a college without regional accreditation. If you don't have a college degree, you better have at least 3-5 certifications if you want more than $80,000 a year.

If the school is not regionally accredited (without sanctions and ACTIVE) from these official accrediting bodies in the US. DO NOT GO TO THEIR SCHOOL!! http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Agencies.aspx

For training purposes on operations, use Google Cloud Platform, Azure, or AmazonEC2 (AmazonEC2 is the most mature cloud platform as of this writing). Optionally, for installation configurations, you can use Virtualbox (Linux/Windows/Mac), Parallels, or VMware Workstation for Linux (whatever you can afford). Don't waste time buying physical servers...it's not 1990 ok. Newbie's or people that don't have time sitting there trying to get stuff working on Linux should use Ubuntu.

Enough talking! Here are the certifications!!!

###Security###
CompTIA Security+
OSCP Certified Professional
OSWP Wireless Professional
OSCE Certified Expert
OSEE Exploitation Expert
OSWE Web Expert
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
SANS GIAC Security Essentials (GSSEC)
Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator (CSSA)
Certified SonicWALL Security Professional (CSSP)
Master Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator (Master CSSA)

###Honorable Mention###
Full Stack Development Certificate: $0.00 USD, FreeCodeCamp - https://www.freecodecamp.com/

###Low-Cost###
FlatIron School ($150 USD Per Month) - https://www.flatironschool.com/programs/online-community-bootcamp/
Pluralsight ($29 USD Per Month / $299 USD Per Year) - https://www.pluralsight.com/

###Development###
Ruby Association Certified Ruby Programmer
Puppet Professional 2016
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

###IT Operations (Servers, Cloud, Networking) ###
Certified OpenStack Administrator
Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)
Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr)
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
Commvault Certified Professional
Commvault Certified Engineer
Commvault Certified Master
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Administering and Deploying SCCM
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Office365
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Linux on Azure
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL 2016
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL 2012/2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016
MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect
Citrix Certified Professional - Virtualization (CCP-V)
Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Security
Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)
Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE)
Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)
Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)
Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA)
Red Hat Certified JBoss® Developer (RHCJD)
Red Hat Certified JBoss Administrator (RHCJA)
ITIL® v3 Foundation
Nutanix Platform Professional (NPP)
Nutanix Support Specialist (NSS)
Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX)
VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
VMware Certified Professional 6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
VMware Certified Associate (VCA)
VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP)
VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX)
VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX)
AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
AWS Certification
AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional
AWS Certified Developer - Associate
AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional
(ISC)2 Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
Google Certified Professional - Cloud Architect
Google Certified Professional - Data Engineer
Google Certified Professional - G Suite Administrator
Dell Certified Professional (Server, Storage, Networking)
Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) v9
Veeam Certified Engineer Engineer - Advanced: Design & Optimization (VMCE-A: D&O)
Veeam Certified Architect (VMCA)
VCE Certified Converged Infrastructure Associate
VCE Design Engineer (VCE-CIDE)
VCE Master Design Engineer (VCE-CIMDE)
VCE Implementation Engineer (VCE-CIIE)
VCE Master Implementation Engineer (VCE-CIMIE)
VCE Administration Engineer (VCE-CIAE)
VCE Master Administration Engineer (VCE-CIMAE)
Citrix Certified Associate - Virtualization (CCA-V)
Citrix Certified Professional - Virtualization (CCP-V)
Citrix Certified Expert - Virtualization (CCE-V)
Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N)
Citrix Certified Associate – Networking (CCA-N)
Citrix Certified Professional – Mobility (CCP-M)

###Project Management###
CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)
PgMP (Program Management Professional)
PfMP (Portfolio Management Professional)
PMI-SP (PMI Scheduling Professional)
PMI-RMP (PMI Risk Management Professional)
PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner)
Six Sigma Green Belt

Lastly, for developers, do not go out and spend thousand's of dollars on a laptop. You can convert any Chromebook to a Linux machine or you can use a Chromebook with Crouton. If your doing Windows development you will need a Windows 10 laptop. Apple Mac's are good if you really have the money for it, but if your just learning, don't waist the money trying to be cool. Learn first.