Another Nail in the IT Certification Coffin - Page 4

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Certified and Non-Certified Skills Holding Ground

Among all the certified skills surveyed, only those in the area of Web development—strong performers including Novell/CIP (Certified Internet Professional), Prosoft Master CIW Administrator—have grown in value as a percentage of base median salary grew in the last six months and the last two years, at rates of 3.6 percent and 11.6 percent respectively.

IT security certifications, including CISSP, CISA, CCSP, GSE, SSCP, CISM and GCFA, performed well in the third quarter of 2006, accounting for 8.7 percent of median base salaries.

Project management certifications, including PMP and ITCA, as well as networking and internetworking certifications, including CCIE, CCVP, SNIA Certified Storage Networking Expert and CCSI, also showed strong numbers in Q3 at 10.7 percent and 8.9 percent of median base salaries, respectively.

Application development and programming languages certifications—strong performers including IBM Certified Solutions Developer: WebSphere, OCP (Oracle Forms Developer Certified Professional), MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer) and Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for Java Platform—grew 20.4 percent in the last two years but fell 0.1 percent in the past two quarters.

Among non-certified skills, premium pay for enterprise business applications, as a percentage of median base salaries, has shown some of the greatest growth, with a 10.2 percent growth over the last six months, and an almost 25 percent increase over the past two years.

Non-certified application development tools and platforms skills have seen a 5.7 percent change over six months and 28 percent growth over the past two years.

Management and process non-certified skills have shown 6.3 percent growth in only six months.

Next Page: Future value of certifications.