Top 10 certifications in today’s IT world – 2010

There are hundreds of tech certification programs and exams out there, some sponsored by software vendors, some by vendor-neutral organizations, and some by educational institutions. A number of them are easy to obtain—as evidenced by the many IT pros who list a three-line string of acronyms after their names. You pay your money and you take a multiple-choice test; if you pass, you’re in.

Others are excruciatingly difficult: Cost is high; eligibility to even take the exam is dependent on having years of experience, formal education, and/or sponsorship from others who already hold the title; and the exams are grueling, multi-day affairs that require hands-on performance of relevant tasks. Most are somewhere in between.

But which certifications really provide a measure of your knowledge and skills in a particular area? And which will really help you get a job or promotion? Here’s a look at 10 of the technical certifications that actually mean something in today’s IT job market.

1. The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification

2. Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)

3. Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

4. Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)

5. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

6. System security Certified Practioner(SSCP)

7. GIAC Security Expert (GSE)

8. Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) /Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)

9. Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

10. Many specialist exams are available in IT subcategories that can be helpful to those who want to specialize in those areas.

Some of these include:

* Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance certification

* Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance certification

* Database administration certification

* Wireless networking certifications

* Voice over IP certifications

In addition, for those who have little or no experience in IT, entry-level certifications such as those offered by CompTIA may help you get a foot in the door as you start your IT career.

To get more details about these certifications get details from the following sites as regard the certification mentioned above respectively i.e. the first web site is for the first certification mentioned above.

1. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcse/default.mspx

2. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/architect/default.mspx

3. http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/ccie/index.html

4. http://www.cisco.com/web/learning_certification_type_home.html

5. http://www.isc2.org/cgi-bin/content.cgi?category=97

6. http://www.isc2.org/cgi-bin/content.cgi?category=817

7. http://www.giac.org/certifications/gse.php

8. http://www.redhat.com/training/rhce/courses/rhexam.html

9. http://itsm.fwtk.org/certification.htm

10. http://www.comptia.com

Good Luck as you get certified with this reigning certifications in the IT world of today.

Regards
Venkadesh – India

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