The International Data Corporation ran a study to discover if certification makes a difference for technology employees. They found that, in addition to support a broad range of technology needs and efforts, there were specific characteristics of technology professionals with certifications that helped them stand out from the crowd. IT pros with certifications tend to be…
More productive: Certified professionals aren’t just 17% more productive than their counterparts. They are also better equipped to assist with complex challenges, support uncertified staff and act as mentors.
Better at risk management: The study found that certified technical professionals tend to reduce unplanned downtime by 56%. This is a direct result of the fact that certified professionals are better equipped to diagnose problems, increase system reliability and reduce the severity and duration of outages.
More agile and efficient in their work: Earning technology certifications make IT pros more efficient at bringing new features and applications to market. How much more efficient? 58%, according to companies with tight deadlines. The same companies reported that technology workers with certifications deliver about 66% more applications on budget
If you’ve been debating the value of earning IT certifications and still aren’t convinced here’s one last data tidbit:
Employers know that IT staff members with certifications are on-boarded more quickly, they take on more responsibilities than their non-certified counterparts and their engagement level is higher. They show greater commitment to their employers with tenures that are 15% longer than their peers. In short, IT certifications are a good career builder for IT pros and a safe bet for potential employers.