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May 5 2006   3:00PM GMT

Are IT skill certifications worth it?


I recently had an interview with David Foote, president of IT research consultancy Foote Partners LLC.

Are IT skill certifications worth it? The answer is a little complicated, but according to Foote's latest research, non-certified skills are growing more valuable than certified skills. Still, certifications could insulate IT personnel from a downturn in the economy, Foote told me in a recent interview. When budgets are tight, employers need to justify new hires and one way to justify hiring a new employee is to show some glowing certifications, Foote said.

Stay tuned for a podcast that will go live next week on this issue. Foote talks about his latest research including the hottest skills (certified and non-certified) in the market right now. It's a 30 minute interview that spans the IT job market, from application programming skills to Oracle DBAs and IBM WebSphere experts. Foote seems to have his pulse on the job market with his detailed skill and salary survey.

-Rob Westervelt

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