If you’re wondering what IT certifications are going to be a good investment for your future, wonder no more. According to Global Knowledge’s 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report, cloud and cybersecurity certifications were listed as top-paying amongst several other IT accreditations.
The Reason They Are High Paying
One of the main reasons cloud and cybersecurity certifications are high paying is because there are simply not enough professionals in these fields. For the fifth year in a row, hiring managers are struggling to hire certified and experienced specialists to fill their roles.
The demand for cybersecurity and cloud IT professionals was already high with a workforce gap of nearly 500,000 in the United States and 4.07 million globally. This shortage is starting to concern businesses because there are not enough certified individuals to keep their data systems and information safe.
On the other hand, certified cloud professionals are also lacking due to the high cloud adoption rates. More and more organizations around the world are starting to use cloud services, which is good for cloud service providers but bad for businesses. The rate of adoption is outpacing the rate of training IT professionals in the cloud technology field. This leaves organizations in a tight spot because they are investing in cloud technology with little to no cloud specialists.
These shortages have led to higher average salaries for individuals with these certifications. The average salary for cybersecurity certification holders in North America is $122,317. In addition, Google Cloud certificate holders can earn $161,484, Amazon Web Services is $138,640 and Microsoft is $105,808.
What CCI Offers
At CCI Training Center, students can obtain both these certifications through different pathways.
The Cloud Technology Administration program offers three different cloud certification tracks. Students can get certified in one of three major cloud service providers such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.
Additionally, CCI’s Computer Network Administration IT Security track offers cybersecurity courses with a Security+ certification. The Security+ certification is offered by CompTIA, which is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem. The certification itself provides a great start for best practices in IT network security.
CCI also offers Career Services, which helps students and graduates prepare and seek employment. At the time of publishing, there were more than 7,000 cloud engineer jobs and over 4,000 cybersecurity jobs in the Dallas/Arlington areas listed on LinkedIn.
Now Is the Time
In conclusion, if you’re thinking about switching career paths or are already in the IT industry, now is the time to earn either a cloud or cybersecurity certification. There are plenty of opportunities for IT professionals trained in cloud and cybersecurity. Strike while the iron is hot, and while businesses are seeking these types of skilled professionals.