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Jun 28 2011   12:27AM GMT

Interesting Look at Top $$$ Certs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

They’re a staple of the cert biz, and fodder for cert sponsors, training companies, publishers, and everybody else connected with getting candidates certified. Even so, it’s still interesting to peruse surveys of top-paying certifications as they become available. This one is entitled “15 Top Paying IT Certifications” and it’s from mega-training provider Global Knowledge. The following summarizes the net-net of these items, in the same order that they appear in the Global Knowledge materials.

Acronym Full Program Name 2011 Salary
CCDP Cisco Certified Design Professional $107,878
(none) ITIL Expert Certification $107,092
PMP Project Management Professional $103,570
CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional $103,570
CCDA Cisco Certified Design Associate $97,995
CCNP Cisco Certified Network Professional $97,296
(none) ITIL V2 & V3 Foundation $96,128
CCNA Voice Cisco Certified Network Associate Voice $92,837
AIS: HP Storage Works HP Accredited Integration Specialist $91,158
AIS: HP ProLiant Servers HP Accredited Integration Specialist $87,332
VCP VMware Certified Professional $87,151
(none) CompTIA Project+ $87,057
APS: Blade System Solutions HP Accredited Platform Specialist $86,554
CEH Certified Ethical Hacker $86,053
MCDBA Microsoft Certifed Database Administrator $84,683

I don’t see a lot of surprises in this line-up, but there are a few interestings items. First, I’m stunned to see the CCDP at the top of this list (I would’ve expected the CCIE to come out on top, but I see it nowhere in here). Second, I’m pleasantly surprised to see ITIL items and project management certs occupying four slots overall. And last, I’m amazed that the MCDBA has such continuing presence that it registers in this group of mostly newer or more-recently updated credentials. Across the board, the money ain’t bad, either.

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