IT Certification Demand and Salary Data for 2018

August 24, 2018 at 8:27 pm

IT Salary

I have finally had time to review some of the most recent Global Knowledge survey data and I wanted to share some key findings with my readers here. Remember, none of this is my opinion – it is data pulled from the report that I thought you would be interested in. Don’t shoot the messenger – and never freak out when you see something in a report like this! Learn what you can from it – that is it!

Who is this Data From?

There were 16,200 worldwide that completed the survey. 98% said they were IT Pros.

The Skills Gap!

Did managers think that their teams possessed the skills needed to keep up with organizational goals? The short answer is NO! Globally, 70% of managers felt their employees fell short. In the US and Canada – it was 75%!

This skills gap issue continues to get worse according to the opinions of the managers and that statistics. This is the second straight year this percentage has increased.

What is the biggest part of the problem according to this 70% of managers? By far the biggest problem most identified was the problem of attracting talent. This was especially true in areas that have lagged in technology like healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and hospitality.

Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity are Red Hot

These areas continue to crush competing areas. In fact – the gap is getting larger. For example, virtualization is falling farther and farther back as a hot topic for management staff. Of course, we need to be careful here because we all know we cannot have Cloud without virtualization! Even further behind are the following areas:

  • Networking
  • IoT
  • AI

Where are the Cybersecurity Peeps?

The toughest area to fill for employers is in the area of Cybersecurity. This is the main reason that these jobs tend to pay the most! Check out these facts regarding salary:

  • Cybersecurity certifications hold 6 of the top 20 paying spots
  • Annual salary in Latin America for Cybersecurity pros – $34,471
  • Annual salary in North America for Cybersecurity pros – $100,650
  • Cybersecurity offers the highest average global pay at $81,536
  • Second place would be Cloud at $74,064

Certifications Continue to Translate to Results!

Staff members pointed to the following regarding their passion for Certification:

  • Compensation
  • Job satisfaction
  • Promotion
  • Agility for finding employment

Management had this to say:

  • Increased productivity
  • Faster troubleshooting
  • Fewer skills gaps

The difference in salaries for certified vs non-certified averaged $15,000 in the US and around $30,000 in Asia-Pacific.

People that hold at least one cert – tend to be pursuing a second or more. This causes a further lift in pay!

The US Leads in IT Pay

IT Pros average $87,333 in the US compared to the global average of $64,206. I personally do not read too much into these kinds of numbers since the cost of living can also vary so dramatically. We see this even within the US. For me personally, I tend to “make out like a bandit” as I am paid by a company based in Oregon, yet I live in Florida. This means my pay tends to reflect the cost of living for Oregon, which is much more than my actual cost of living in Florida. I sure hope my Manager at CBT Nuggets does not read this!

 

Study Tips – Retain What You Read

April 1, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Study Tips

Most of us spend at least some of our study time for the next great IT Certification reading from books, whitepapers, or online documentation. But how effective this process is depends on how much we retain! Here are some tips for retaining more as you read!

  • Stop and reflect – just read some really important facts about a technology? Look away from the material and really think and reflect on it. This will help retention immensely. It is something we often forget to do because we are typically trying to study as quickly as possible.
  • Repeat, then repeat – consider drills, flash cards, or exercises, and consider doing them over a nice long period. Most recommend repetition over long-stage, spaced intervals to keep information fresh. Reinforcing new concepts every week or two helps it become known facts.
  • Create a catchy word or phase – the famous All People Seem To Need Data Processing or Please Do Not Throw Sausage Pizza Away is so famous because it works! One I learned from Keith Barker is the Port Security violation modes in Cisco networking. I always struggled to remember which one did not log and violations and was not recommended by Cisco. He taught me to just remember them in alphabetical order. P – R – S. Protect – Restrict – Shutdown. I never forgot that Protect is the lame one again as that order also reflects action severity!
  • Remove distractions – the ping of a cell phone, a desk photograph, music, e-mail – and of these might take you out of the zone you want to be in while reading!
  • Make connections – try and tie what you learn into other facts that you have memorized. The OSI Model is a great example of this as you can place new technologies in their appropriate layer and make connections with surrounding technologies.
  • Prioritize what counts – as you are reading, constantly reflect on what the most important information is so you can really focus on that!

Power Google Search Usage – Part 4

September 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Screenshot 2015-09-07 14.44.19Here is my final installment in power Google search tips – have fun!

19 – Page Titles – want to be really specific with your search? You can restrict it to just page titles with intitle:eigrp for example.

20 – Use Google on your Site – check out www.google.com/cse to use the Google search technology for your own Web site.

21 – Advanced Search – having trouble remembering all the syntax for the various advanced search options? Just use www.google.com/advanced_search. It is the GUI method! 🙂

22 – Choose your Source – use the source: command to filter content – for example Cisco Systems source:techradar. Don’t forget to click on NEWS after this search for it to work.

23 – Catch a Movie – need a study break? Search on showtimes – you can even follow that with a location.

24 – Conversions – try things like 20 GBP in USD or 12 cm in inches.

25 – Plain Language – try using plain language in your searching like “What is the stratum in NTP?”

I sure hope you enjoyed these 25 tips for power Google use.

Power Google Search Usage – Part 3

September 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Screenshot 2015-09-07 14.44.19

Here are more great tips on power Google searching! Check out the IT Cert category of this blog for the previous parts of this series.

14 – Stay Anonymous – want to eliminate Google from tracking what you are up to as you search? Be sure to log out of your Google account. Just click your image in the top right and choose Sign Out.

15 – Get More Search Results – if you want to see more than 10 results on a page for your Google search – click the cog in the top right of a Google search. Choose Search Settings. Disable instant search predictions and then you can set how many results you want returned for each search. Keep in mind that asking for too many per page can really slow down a system.

16 – SafeSeach – in order to eliminate most violent and inappropriate content that could show up in a search – you can use the SafeSearch feature by clicking the cog in the top right of a search. You can even lock this setting in the Search Settings option.

17 – WebCam Views! – Search for inurl:view/view.shtml in order to peep in on WebCam views from around the world. OK, OK – now get back to studying!

18 – Trends? – want to blog about something people around the world are searching for? Check out www.google.com/trends

Come back tomorrow for more cool tips!

Failure Happens!

July 28, 2015 at 2:07 am

FailureWant to accomplish something great? Of course you do. Get ready to fail.

I am never surprised to read the posts in our Google Communities at CBT Nuggets regarding someone that has just failed an associate level or professional level exam and they are lit up! They would type a bunch of F-words if they could…

Listen…want to achieve the highest levels of your certification and your career? Get ready to learn from many failures. It happens.

One of the things that is tough for cert students is that many of them have NEVER failed an exam in their life. NEVER.

Relax, breath, you are going to survive this setback, learn from it, and continue to soar.

Don’t believe me? Check out these observations from some of the greats…

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” – B. Franklin