Top 10 Certifications for Landing a New IT Job - Slide 9

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Seasoned information security professionals are eligible for the Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) certification which is recognized, along with Security+ by the Department of Defense which requires contractors with privileged access to federal computer networks to obtain specific certifications. This is one factor driving the high level of tech professionals (53 percent) who have at least one certification and are based in Washington D.C. (1200+ job postings)

There are very few certainties in tech contracting. It isn't just another way of approaching a technology career. It's more akin to starting a small business and that means taking risks, marketing, financial management and more.


One aspect of marketing that tech consultants appear to value is certifications. Forty percent of tech consultants said obtaining a certification helped them land a new gig, which is about 10 percentage points higher than their colleagues working in traditional roles.


To potential clients, certifications can inspire confidence that contractors are qualified to contribute, manage or lead various projects. So which certifications are notable for landing a new job? In a survey conducted by Dice, employed technology professionals identified the following certifications as helping them gain a new position.


It's important to remember that not all certifications create the opportunity for a new job or a fatter paycheck, so tech professionals have to be certain that the investment is worth it.

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