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Top 15 certifications in demand for 2020

Certifications can validate your IT skills and experience to show employers you have the expertise to get the job done. You can get certified in skills you already have or skills you’d like to put to use in your career — whatever your reason, certifications are a great way to strengthen your resume and set yourself apart from other candidates in a job search.

According to the 2020 IT Salary report from Robert Half, IT professionals holding the following popular certifications can earn 5 to 10 percent more than their peers. Whether you’re just starting out and building your resume or you’ve been in the industry for 20 years, there’s a certification that can help boost your salary and your career.

15 most in demand certifications for 2020

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect
  • Certified Data Professional (CDP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker
  • Certified ScrumMaster
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • CompTIA A+
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
  • Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle and Deployment Designer

AWS Certified Solutions Architect

Amazon offers a long list of AWS certifications, but the AWS Certified Solutions Architect is one of the most popular cloud computing certifications you can earn. AWS is widely used at companies large and small, so whether you already work for a company using AWS or plan to in the future, it’s a good choice for your resume. The certification focuses on your ability to design and deploy scalable systems on AWS with a focus on keeping it cost effective without sacrificing on security, reliability and quality.

Average annual salary (according to PayScale): $113,000

Certified Data Professional (CDP)

Available from the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP), the Certified Data Professional (CDP) certification offers several learning paths. CDP candidates can choose from a range of domains, including business analytics, data analytics and design, data governance, data integration and interoperability, data management, data warehousing, enterprise data architecture, information systems or IT management and more. The CDP is offered at various levels starting with foundation and moving on to associate, mastery, principal and ending at the final level of executive management.

Average annual salary: $45,000

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