IT Certifications Around the World - Differences in Numbers and Popularity - Slide 7

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Arguably the most introductory certification on the market is CompTIA’s A+. To date, there are about 800,000 A+ certified individuals. As a stand-alone certification for job eligibility, the A+ is hardly useful. However, the A+ is a required step toward a few advanced Microsoft and Novell certifications.

Other CompTIA certs include the Network+ and Security+. There are presently approximately 190,000 Network+ certified individuals and 35,000 Security+ certified individuals.

How do you and your list of certifications stack up in other countries? Do you know what you’re missing if you want to be valuable in Seoul or London? How are Americans and their training perceived elsewhere? If you ever want to live overseas, these are questions you have to ask. There are enough (bad) excuses to not move abroad – don’t let your professional training be another.   

Jeff Parker takes a look at several well-known certifications in this slideshow. Some are vendor specific, e.g., Microsoft and Cisco. Some are by discipline, e.g., information security and project management. The point, Parker advises, is to be aware. Open your global mind, so you can make a smarter decision toward the next certification. You may be surprised, relieved or even impressed with yourself! And if you work it right, you can jump several steps in your career at once.

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