Technology is excelling at all frontiers except that it has made the job market very competitive. To build credibility, getting a certification is a good idea.

Here are top in-demand IT certifications  

  1. Project Management Certifications
    Project management is a globally recognized skill. Professionals skilled in project management are in huge demand in IT. Taking this certification will equip you with skills to deliver successful projects, not as an individual but an organization. Delivering quality projects on time improves client acquisition and retention. Thus, it is an in-demand certification in the IT industry. Certified Scrum Master, Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Management Professional, PRINCE2 are some popular project management certification.

A project management certification can help land some well-paid jobs in the industry. A certified project management professional earns an average of $1mn per annum according to Pay scale.  Dell, Microsoft, IBM, L’Oréal among others are some companies which hire certified project management experts.

2. Artificial Intelligence certification
Artificial intelligence has been a buzzword in the industry. Number of jobs in this field is increasing, but lack of talent is raising the salary bar. Lack of application-based structured training and experience is pushing companies to hire run-of-the- mill AI engineers. Thus, certified artificial intelligence professionals are in huge demand. 

To become a good AI engineer, you should have good knowledge of statistics, machine learning, deep learning, and mathematics. AI engineers are paid handsomely. Their salaries differ according to their field. For instance, the average salary for a machine learning engineer is $140,652 and for Deep Learning Engineer is $135,762 per annum, according to Indeed.

  1. Big Data Certification 

Companies are now increasingly driven towards data-driven decision making. Thus, there has been tremendous demand for Big Data engineers. These engineers work with large volumes of data available with companies. They collect, extract, and draw insights from the available data. This requires Big Data engineers to know programming and tools like Hive, Pig, Flume, Apache Spark, etc.

A certified Big Data engineer earn as much as $95,000 or more based on the experience. For senior Big Data professionals, the salary can range between $130,000 and $140000 per annum.

4. Data Scientist Certification
Data science is picking traction across the industry. Companies are hiring data scientists to drive their decision making processes and build smarter predictive systems for forecasting demand and supply of resources. Further, companies are using data science to build robust predictive engines like recommendation engines, sales forecasting models, etc.

To become a data scientist, you need to master statistics, programming, visualization, and machine learning. As a certified Data Scientist, you can earn an average salary of $117, 345 per annum, according to Glassdoor. Google, IBM, Microsoft, J.P. Morgan are some companies that offer high-paying data scientist roles.

  1. Cloud Computing Certification
    Cloud computing has picked traction among companies due to its immense power. Therefore, every company is now looking to shift to cloud servers. Currently, companies are struggling to find qualified candidates for cloud computing roles. So it is a good opportunity for IT professionals with cloud computing skills to get a certification and find good opportunities. AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Microsoft Certified Solution Expert, Google Professional Cloud Architect, and Cloud Security Certification are some popular cloud computing certifications. 

As a cloud computing expert, you should have hands-on experience with cloud solutions offered by AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Experience in deploying and maintaining cloud solutions.  The average salary of a certified cloud computing expert is $1,42,000 per annum.

  1. DevOps certification
    DevOps is new in the IT market. Companies are taking new approaches to streamline and make their IT operations smoother with new developments in technology. Thus, companies are looking for DevOps people. If you’re armed with a DevOps certification, it could open several employment opportunities for you.

As a DevOps engineer, you need to have hands-on experience with several tools like Jenkins, Docker, Puppet, Salt Stack, Kubernetes, and GIT. Additionally, you will need knowledge of programming, experience working with cloud servers to automate, shell scripting etc.

DevOps engineer is one of the highest paid professionals on the IT market. The average salary of a DevOps engineer is $136,500 per annum, Neuvoo reports.