The Importance of IT Certifications

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Whether you’re just launching your career in information technology or are an experienced IT professional looking to command a higher salary and advance in your field, certifications help you achieve your career goals. Many online IT degree programs prepare you to take a variety of popular certification exams.

Your online IT degree, complete with many industry-recognized certifications, shows employers:

  • Your skills for using today’s technology are up-to-date.
  • You have put in the time and energy necessary to prepare yourself to work in the demanding IT field.

Benefits of IT Certifications

Having your IT certifications opens up a world of job opportunities not available to non-certified IT professionals. In many cases, organizations refuse to hire individuals without certification. With certifications from an accredited university, you can:

  • Earn promotions more quickly than non-certified peers
  • Command a higher salary
  • Have greater job security
  • Exhibit more confidence in the workplace

What Certifications Do You Need?

Some common entry-level certification programs include:

  • CompTIA A+ - Covers hardware, operating systems and systems networking
  • MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) - The stepping stone to additional Microsoft certifications, including the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  • CIW Associate (Certified Internet Webmaster) - Covers the basics of Web programming including html and networking.

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