3. Higher Earning Potential
While some certification courses and exam fees can be a bit of a stretch on the average college budget, the earning potential is worth the investment. Earning a certification in an industry has been shown to increase salaries compared to those who are not certified. One study even found that online certifications can increase salaries by 20-40 percent.
A commitment to learning a new skill set in an industry can accelerate career development and put you ahead of the competition in your future employment. Companies will look for the most qualified candidates and a qualification or a certification on your resume can mean the difference in obtaining a higher starting salary in your first job after graduation.
4. You’re setting yourself up for a life-long career.
By the end of this year, the tech industry is expected to reach a $5 trillion market value. Whether you decide to do a certification in CompTIA, AWS, Salesforce, or any other technology or cloud platform, your skills will be relevant to employers for years to come. A certification validates you have mastered industry standards, and are not just competent, but have tested and excelled at the exam.
Taking introductory-level certifications as you start your career in Information Technology will lay the foundation for building a lifelong career. For example, if you want to start a career working in the cloud, the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification is a great place to begin, with the AWS Solutions Architect to follow, and eventually working to become a Certified AWS Engineer or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator.
Overall, obtaining a certification broadens and increases your professional skills. If you aren’t sure what certification is right for you, check out our blog for tips on how to choose the right certification to accelerate your career. or email ITCert@skillstorm.com and an advisor will get in contact with you. We are ready and waiting to answer all your questions!