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You Can Go from Earning Peanuts to Six Figures with One of Several IT Certifications

Becoming certified in your area of expertise can make a big difference in your job satisfaction

One of the best ways to get a raise is to demonstrate your value and commitment to your company and management. And one of the best ways to do that is by putting in the time and effort to obtain bona fide certifications in your chosen specialty. The difference in salary between a certified and non-certified professional can be significant and run into tens of thousands of dollars (or Euros, or francs, or rupees, or shekels, or anything else!).

Take, for example, those who have completed the requirements to become a Cisco Certified Network Professional. Typically, these people setup, configure and manage local, as well as, wide-area networks within an enterprise. It involves video, voice, wireless and advanced security issues. Hiring managers like these individuals because they have already demonstrated their proficiency by completing their course of study and passing their certification exams. Salaries for these folks can vary widely due primarily to differences in seniority. CCNPs witCertificate.h less than a year of experience will probably make less (and sometimes a lot less!) than the average of $97,000 per year while those with 5-10 years of experience can go as high as $133,000.

Becoming certified in your area of expertise can make a big difference in your job satisfaction and provide more freedom to move around in addition to boosting your wages. If you're interested in how your salary stacks up based on a review of 15 IT certifications, then you might want to read 15 IT Certifications That Pay the Big Bucks. It may make a significant difference in the overall quality of your life.

More Stories By Michael Jannery

Michael Jannery is CEO of Entuity. He is responsible for setting the overall corporate strategy, vision, and direction for the company. He brings more than 30 years of experience to Entuity with 25 years in executive management.

Prior to Entuity, he was Vice President of Marketing for Proficiency, where he established the company as the thought, technology, and market leader in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) sub-market. Earlier, Michael held VP of Marketing positions at Gradient Technologies, where he established them as a market leader in the Internet security sector, and Cayenne Software, a leader in the software and database modeling market. He began his career in engineering.

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