But now, Were settling into a pattern where a relatively small percentage of IT workers will need a certification to work in the area that theyre in.
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One of those areas is high-end IT architecture, and there are several certs that are profitable, in his view. They include the architecture-related certs offered by Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, and EMC.
A certification like one of these can make or break a job interview. Anderson gives the example of a hypothetical worker who can boast of having just completed a six-month assignment co-designing a storage area networking project. The employer might be skeptical, wondering if the applicant was in reality merely a flunky on the project.
But then out comes the cert. At which point the employer is likely to realize, Okay, you have an EMC certification, I believe you not only have that bit of experience but you probably have more capability beyond that.
Good Certifications vs. Worthless Certifications
Neill Hopkins, VP of skills development for CompTIA, a leading provider of certifications, concedes that some tech staffers feel unenthused about certs.
Helping create this disenchantment is the plethora of cheap, essentially worthless certifications flooding the Internet. Fly-by-night vendors, he says, hawk them constantly: Just take this quick exam, its $10, and youve got something on your resume. There might be as many as 600-700 of these exams, Hopkins says, And theyve probably given our industry a bad name.