We recently partnered with Network World to conduct a survey on IT certifications and I must say that the results surprised me, even though I was already a fan of IT certifications.
You can click here to see the full results, but to summarize:
60% of the respondents said that having an IT certification helped them land a new job
50% said that they earn more money thanks to their certifications
30% said that their certifications helped them get a promotion
Wow! If there's ever been a time to think about getting a certification, especially with the economies and job markets being what they are, it seems to me that the time is now. The results of this survey also inspired me to write an article for Computer World highlighting how to decide which certifications to pursue and when. You can find that article here.
In the spirit of helping folks get certified, SolarWinds is offering 50% off of the certification exam for the SolarWinds Certified Professional (SCP) certification. Just use "SOLAR50" as the discount code when you register. You can also find all of the materials that you need to study for the exam for free on SolarWinds.com. I'm seeing more and more jobs out there requesting SolarWinds experience and/or certification and if you're a user of the software the certification is a great way to validate your knowledge.
Which certifications do you have? Any interesting experiences that you'd like to share?