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The Value of Certification
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The Skills Gap Reality 
Many businesses ar...
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What IT Certifications Offer 
A competitiv...
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The IT Edge 
While most career fields see ...
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Thanks to the high demand for technical sk...
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High-Growth Opportunities 
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This photo i...
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Value on Both Sides 
An overwhelming major...
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Getting a Foot in the Door 
Among those wh...
9 
Passing the exam made it possible for me to earn 17 
college credits. That enabled me to take advanced 
courses in coll...
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A large number of businesses across countr...
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Up the Ladder 
IT certifications offer ver...
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Source: Global Knowledge, 2014 IT Skill...
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Certified = Satisfied 
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Source: CompTIA...
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Organizations believe employees with IT ce...
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Value-Added Hiring Continued 
A strong maj...
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Certifications address the skills gap by c...
"CompTIA certification exams serve as a 
third-party validation that a person has the 
skills employers look to hire for a...
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Improving Productivity 
Certified employee...
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Aside from technical 
competency, 
busines...
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Bolstering the Ranks 
Hiring managers see ...
"At the end of the day, it all boils down to 
certification being an internationally 
recognized credential. If you can pu...
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Value of IT Certifications for Your Next Job

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In Q3 2014, IT positions made up 11% of all job openings, and IT certifications can help get you in the door. An overwhelming majority of IT professionals and their hiring managers agree on the value of certifications. 93% of hiring managers believe certifications are beneficial. IT certifications offer: a competitive edge in a cut-throat job market, heightened career advancement opportunities, and increased value to employers and their organizations.

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Value of IT Certifications for Your Next Job

  1. 1. The Value of Certification
  2. 2. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org The Skills Gap Reality Many businesses are struggling with IT hiring due to large skill gaps in the workforce 2 Sources: Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, October 2014, CompTIA’s International Technology Adoption & Workforce Issues study Base: 1,252 business and IT executives from Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, Thailand and the UK More than 600,000 IT jobs were open in Q3 2014 58% Of businesses are concerned about the quality or quantity of IT labor available
  3. 3. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org What IT Certifications Offer A competitive edge in a cut-throat job market 3 Heightened career advancement opportunities Increased value to employers and their organizations
  4. 4. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org The IT Edge While most career fields see hundreds of applicants per job opening, the IT industry is hiring. 4 Source: Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, October 2014 As of September 2014, more than 200,000 core IT positions remain unfilled In Q3 2014, IT positions made up 11% of all job openings.
  5. 5. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Thanks to the high demand for technical skill sets, IT professionals experience unemployment at significantly lower rates. 5 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2014 rates Sought-After Skill Set General unemployment stands at 5.9% Unemployment in the IT sector is only 2.8% Hire Me!
  6. 6. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org High-Growth Opportunities 6 This photo is for placement only More than 700,000 new IT jobs will be added over the same 10-year period 2012 to 2022 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates fields in technology will experience faster than average growth (some over 20%) between 2012 and 2022 IT encompasses a wide range of fields, from programming to security and management
  7. 7. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Value on Both Sides An overwhelming majority of IT professionals and their hiring managers agree on the value of certifications 7 Sources: CompTIA’s 2nd Annual IT Career Insights study Base: 1,381 U.S. IT professionals and 2nd Employer Perceptions of IT Training & Certification study Base: 400 US HR professionals 70% Of IT professionals believe CompTIA certifications are valuable or very valuable 93% Of hiring managers believe certifications are beneficial Value on both sides
  8. 8. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Getting a Foot in the Door Among those who pursued a CompTIA certification: 8 Source: CompTIA’s 2nd Annual IT Career Insights study Base: 1,329 U.S. IT professionals 2/3 cited improving employment opportunities as a major reason 45% were preparing for a career change
  9. 9. 9 Passing the exam made it possible for me to earn 17 college credits. That enabled me to take advanced courses in college much sooner, which reduced the time it took to graduate by one and a half semesters. I saved over $3,000 in tuition and books. -Christian Johnson, Hill International
  10. 10. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org A large number of businesses across countries expect the value of IT certifications to increase over the next two years including 10 61% of Canadian businesses 59% of German businesses 87% of Brazilian businesses Pro-Certification Employers Worldwide Source: CompTIA’s International Technology Adoption & Workforce Issues study Base: 1,240 business and IT executives from Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, Thailand and the UK
  11. 11. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Up the Ladder IT certifications offer verification of an employee’s skills, paving the way for career advancement 11 of those earning CompTIA certifications were preparing for career advancement 44% Source: CompTIA’s 2nd Annual IT Career Insights study Base: 1,329 U.S. IT professionals
  12. 12. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org 12 Source: Global Knowledge, 2014 IT Skills & Salary Report (median averages) Salary Stack Up CompTIA A+: $73,000 CCNA Security: $80,000 CompTIA Network+: $74,000 These are the average salaries for certified employees:
  13. 13. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Certified = Satisfied 13 Source: CompTIA’s 2nd Annual IT Career Insights study Base: 1,271 U.S. employed IT professionals A strong majority of IT professionals find satisfaction in their work 76% are satisfied 16% receive a raise 32% are rewarded
  14. 14. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Organizations believe employees with IT certifications add value to their work 14 believe staff holding IT certifications are more valuable 58% 53% believe certified staff perform better than non-certified employees Value Added Hiring Source: CompTIA’s International Technology Adoption & Workforce Issues study Base: 1,246 business and IT executives from Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, Thailand and the UK
  15. 15. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Value-Added Hiring Continued A strong majority of hiring managers around the world place a high value on IT certifications 15 Source: CompTIA Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification Base: 800 US hiring managers, 350 UK, 230 South Africa Overall, 61% of hiring mangers place a high value on IT certifications 64% of US hiring managers highly value IT certifications 46% of UK hiring managers highly value IT certifications
  16. 16. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Certifications address the skills gap by confirming skills and reducing turnover 16 Sources: CompTIA’s 2nd Annual IT Career Insights study Base: 1,061 U.S. employed IT professionals and International Technology Adoption & Workforce Issues study Base: 1,246 business and IT executives from Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, Thailand and the UK Building a More Loyal Workforce 73% of businesses believe it’s important to test knowledge gains after training 84% Of certified workers remain with their current employer
  17. 17. "CompTIA certification exams serve as a third-party validation that a person has the skills employers look to hire for a job.“ - Tony Chen, Professor, College of DuPage 17
  18. 18. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Improving Productivity Certified employees bring measurable expertise to business operations 18 Source: CompTIA’s IT Training and Certification: Insights and Opportunities study Base: 1,155 IT certification holders Nearly half agree they are better at insightful problem solving Over a third agree they are better able to understand new or complex technologies 3 in 10 believe they are more productive
  19. 19. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Aside from technical competency, businesses believe that employees with IT certifications possess: 19 Source: CompTIA’s Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification study Base: 804 US IT hiring managers Training Leaders Better communication skills Better project management skills
  20. 20. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org Bolstering the Ranks Hiring managers see a variety of benefits in hiring employees with IT certifications 20 Over half said certified employees save their business time and money on the hiring process Nearly half said certified employees learn faster on the job Source: CompTIA’s Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification study Base: 800 US IT hiring managers
  21. 21. "At the end of the day, it all boils down to certification being an internationally recognized credential. If you can put that on your resume, you'll have a competitive advantage over another individual who doesn't have it.” - Mark Milton, Director of People Services/Career Academy, Goodwill Industries 21
  22. 22. Copyright (c) 2014 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org For more information about the value of IT skills certifications and how to earn them, visit certification.comptia.org 22 Source: CompTIA’s International Technology Adoption & Workforce Issues study Base: 1,256 business and IT executives from Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, Thailand and the UK Ready to Get Certified?

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