How are your IT career goals shaping up? Still looking to increase your base pay by taking more classes to get certified in a specific area of IT? You had better choose carefully unless you believe in education solely for the sake of education.
The analysts at Foote and Partners recently released some new research that shows while the IT job market is still strong, the salary premium for IT certifications is at its lowest point in 12 years. In general it reflects the rest of the economy at large.
Firm partner Bill Reynolds said part of the reason for the decline is due to a rise in technical jobs that require business skills, which don't come with a certification. "In fact, less than 20 percent of all IT professionals employed today -- or approximately 4 million of a total technical workforce estimated at between 20 to 24 million (pure technology and hybrid workers) in the U.S. -- now work within the walls of what could be consider the traditional IT department," according to the report.
On a bright spot there were two exceptions to the downward trend:
1. the development/programming category
2. the systems administration and engineering category
Both of these categories of certified IT professionals showed salary gains. This really is no surprise as it is no secret that talented programmers are paid a premium for their skills.