Certifications Key to Tech Contracting Jobs: Dice Report
To potential clients, certifications can inspire confidence that contractors are qualified to contribute, manage or lead various projects.According to the latest IT jobs report from online recruiting and job posting service Dice, one aspect of marketing that tech consultants appear to value is certifications. Forty percent of tech consultants surveyed said obtaining a certification helped them land a new gig, which is about 10 percentage points higher than their colleagues working in traditional roles. The report indicates that to potential clients, certifications can inspire confidence that contractors are qualified to contribute, manage or lead various projects. Project Management Professional (PMP) made the top 10 and it's the most frequently desired certification on Dice, with nearly 2,200 requests in job postings on any given day, up 9 percent year-over-year. Project management is a lucrative role, with an average annual salary of about $104,000, add PMP and average salaries jump to nearly $120,000. Other top certifications include three Microsoft-based specifications: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).
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, noted Alice Hill, managing director of Dice. 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.