Top IT certifications of 2013

3 May 2013

Every year, new hardware and programming means a change in what IT professionals need to be trained in. This year's, some of the most in-demand certifications are related to Microsoft products, according to TechRepublic. 

The tech source recently released the top five IT certifications for 2013. At number one was the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification. Included in that family of IT credentials is Microsoft training for Windows 2012, SQL Server 2012 and Windows 8. MCSA status is the launching point for IT education, TechRepublic noted. For many of Microsoft's advanced certifications, it is a prerequisite, TechRepublic notes. In 2012, Microsoft launched a new line of training courses and certifications, which may be a great place for young IT professionals to focus. Achieving 2012 MCSA certification can help springboard IT workers looking for higher level credentials. For being one of the more basic certifications that can be obtained, the range of salaries that those who are MCSA​ certified receive is solid. Salaries for these tech workers tend to start at $52,000 and can get as high as $115,000.

Cloud technology is becoming more widespread in the workplace and IT managers are looking to hire employees that are trained in establishing cloud-based solutions. Recently, Microsoft added cloud courses to its line of Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) credential. In fact, MCSEs​ will become more common this year, as TechRepublic says Microsoft will discontinue its MCITP program next year in favor of MCSE training. Due to this, certification should be obtained this year in order to get a head start on those who will switch their certification next year. 

The value of Microsoft certification
Last year, the average salary for an MCSA was $82,643 while MCSEs took home $91,650, according to Global Knowledge. Salaries for higher level Microsoft certifications, such as Microsoft Certified Master, can help IT professionals bring in more than $144,000 per year, the source outlines. 

Whether it's SQL or SharePoint training, educational courses can help boost the career prospects of any IT worker. According to Network World, IT certifications can help increase salaries and gain promotions. Of more than 700 IT professionals surveyed by the source, 60.5 percent said certifications helped them find a new job and 56 percent said it helped them get a raise.  

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