IT Management: IT Skills, Certificates That Still Pay Off?and the Ones That Don't
Would getting a specialized IT skill certificate give you some job security? As fears of a double-dip recession increase, employers are scrutinizing the value of their employees and new hires. Corporations are not always valuing professionals with certified skills over those without certification, Foote Partners found in the IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index, updated for the second quarter. Technology and business skills have "collapsed into each other" to create "hybrid IT-business professionals," Foote said, Now, experience and on-the-job performance accounts for more "juice" in the hiring process than having "an acronym after a name" on the business card. The increased value of hybrid IT-business professionals, with their blend of subject matter expertise, business savvy and technology skills, means professionals need to focus on becoming more multi-skilled and not just collecting certifications. Overall, certified skills continued to decline in market value. But with the looming prospect of an economic downturn, average pay for some of the non-certified skills has begun to drop, as well. IT professionals should focus on beefing up their skills portfolio by combining different types of skills, both certified and non-certified, to weather the current economic conditions, according to Foote.