Top 10 Certifications with Staying Power

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Java is a very popular programming language - one of the most popular in the world, in fact. It is cross platform and runs on everything from mobile phones, to car and airplane entertainment systems, to PCs and Macs. It is used in writing many applications we often use and on websites and is the foundation of applications on Android devices. It has been around since 1995. There are almost one billion downloads of the platform every year and over three billion mobile phones alone run Java. To prove your skills with Java, Oracle (which got the rights to Java when it purchased Sun Microsystems, the original creator of the language) has a training and certification organization. For information on this certification, please refer to

IT is a very fast-changing industry - what is hot today may be a tiny niche market in only a few years and things that few have heard of may be huge trends in the same timeframe. That having been said, many certifications have a long life span, by which we don't mean that the certification is good for many years before it expires, but rather that the certification has been around and will be around (as best as the future is predictable) for a long time. This does not imply that recertification on new versions and/or continuing education credits are not required to maintain certification, however. Predicting the future is always challenging, not the least a future in IT, but these certifications are good bets.

The top 10 certifications that meet this criterion (in no particular order), identified by Global Knowledge instructor John Hales, include the following. Note that the certifications are broad in terms of topics covered and are not all strictly IT administrator-based.


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