Careers Slideshow: 10 Salary-Boosting IT Certifications

By Tony Kontzer  |  Posted 03-12-2010

PMP

(Project Management Professional)

There's a big difference between coding and shepherding a project through the gauntlet of time, budget and resource issues. Shepherds are the one making the bucks.

PMP

MCSE

(Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers)

Companies have long placed a premium on IT pros who can effectively maintain Windows business platforms, and cloud computing hasn't done anything to change that yet.

MCSE

A +

An IT environment is only as good as its network, and folks with this vendor-neutral certification can install, maintain, secure and troubleshoot networks. If they can make a good martini, all the better.

A +

CCNA

(Cisco Certified Network Associate)

For those looking to become a jack of all infrastructure trades, this certification demonstrates knowledge of routed and switched networks, as well as security, wireless and a range of protocols.

CCNA

MCP

(Microsoft Certified Professional)

So long as Microsoft remains a business computing power, this certification, which spotlights expertise with all things Microsoft, will prove its value.

MCP

Network +

The folks managing certifications at Microsoft, Novell, Cisco and HP know value when they see it. They all offer their employees this vendor-neutral certification, which proves competency in configuring network infrastructures.

Network +

CISSP

The gold standard of IT security certifications requires five years of experience in the field before an IT pro can even earn it.

CISSP

MCSA

(Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator)

Wanna get paid more for administering and troubleshooting systems and networks using the Windows Server operating environment? This one's for you.

MCSA

ITIL

(IT Infrastructure Library)

Given that ITIL is seen as a compendium of IT operational best practices, this three-tiered certification is ideal for anyone wanting to be rewarded for supporting, delivering and managing IT services.

ITIL

Security +

With companies investing real money to deflect cyber threats, having this vendor-neutral certification in areas such as system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security is sure to jack up an IT worker's value.

Security +