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Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 19

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA assesses the landscape of cloud computing certs, Certification Magazine serves up some data about cybersecurity certification, and more.

CompTIA Lists Best Cloud Computing Certifications


It's a great time to get yourself involved in cloud computing.It's widely accepted that cloud computing technology is the beating heart of the current wave of information technology (IT) evolution and is likely to have a prominent role across the IT spectrum for years to come. In other words, there's no time like the present to get your head "in the cloud" — and there's arguably no better way to gain cloud computing knowledge and skills than by taking a dip in the rapidly expanding pool of cloud computing certifications. With that in mind, there's a timely article this week at the official blog of tech industry association CompTIA that discusses the top cloud computing certifications available to both experienced and aspiring cloud technology professionals. As you might expect, blogger Jessalynne Madden includes CompTIA's own Cloud+ on the list of credentials with the juice to help budding cloud technologists secure employment. There are four other certs listed, one apiece from leading colossuses of cloud clout Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google, as well as (ISC)²'s industry-leading cloud security credential, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP). The salary numbers (per Globabl Knowledge) for the certs discussed are eye-popping, so even if you're only intrigued by cloud computing on a purely mercenary level, there's ample reason to take an interest.


What's the Best Way to Work from Home?


Ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted darn near everything, a huge number of people around the world who had the good fortune to not lose their jobs have been taking — and, to some extent, either passing or failing — a crash course in what is required to successfully work from home. The experience has been problematic at best for many, and some employers haven't been in a rush to regather work teams to traditional workplaces. In other words, there's a strong need for a lot of individuals to improve their newfound "work from home" skill set. To that end, there's an intriguing article available from workplace education facilitator Training Industry. The article discusses learning to succeed at remote work from a variety of perspectives, including those of an individual, a team, and a manager. If you've struggled to work out the kinks of working from home, then you may find some important ideas here.


Dice: Employers Want to Hire IT Project Managers


Tech employment facilitator Dice tracks employer interest in information technology (IT) skills throughout each calendar year. If you're wondering what's hot in IT hiring in 2021, well, Dice says that project management is the IT skill that employers want. Project management is out in front by a fairly impressive margin, too. SQL knowledge, software development skills, and Java programming flunecy are are also in high demand, but project management outstrips everything else — with demand represented by the number of job postings across the United States — by 50 percent or better. If you're already skilled in project management, or if you're looking to move in that direction, the hiring market is certainly ripe.


Assessing the Cybersecurity Certification and Hiring Landscape


Certification Magazine reports on cybersecurity.Three times each year, the good folks at Certification Magazine take stock of the certification and employment prospects surrounding a different IT niche. For the April issue of the magazine, the team focused on the always-robust (but never quite as robust as it needs to be — you almost never see the word "cybersecurity" in employment articles without also spying some form of the phrase "hiring gap") cybersecurity sector. A survey of working security professionals provided the backbone for the observations and data reported, so if you want to know about the industry from people who work in it, then there's some good perspective to be found here.


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