The Skillsoft IT Skills and Salary Report Is Out There
Each year IT training provider Skillsoft, one of the giants in the IT training marketplace, conducts a large survey of IT professionals. After trawling the workplace ocean for certified IT professionals and hauling in vast nets of data, Skillsoft published a detailed report of its findings earlier this week. There has already been a delectable sneak preview of Skillsoft's findings: A key output from the 2022 report (which is based on responses from more than 8,800 respondents), its list of 15 top-paying credentials, was released Sept. 28. There's lots of other data to reflect on, including some of the points highlighted in press materials announcing the full release of the report. For example, more than half of the IT professionals who participated in the Skillsoft survey have some degree of intent to look for a new job in the next 12 months. There's quite a bit more reportage to digest, and if you're intrigued on any level by IT workplace demographics, then you should definitely have a look.
(ISC)² Measures New Cert Against Similar Credentials
If you're a regular reader of Certification Watch, then this is far from the first time this year that you'll have read something here about (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity, the new entry-level credential rolled out by the venerable cybersecurity professional association earlier this year. A great deal of cybersecurity industry research, much of it conducted by (ISC)² itself, depicts a yawning gap between the supply of skilled cybersecurity professionals and the demand for those same individuals: There are nearly 3 million more cybersecurity jobs available than there are trained professionals capable of filling them. Now that Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) is available, (ISC)² is assessing how it stacks up alongside similar credentials. A brand new post to the official (ISC)² blog compares Certified in Cybersecurity to the ISACA Cybersecurity Fundamentals credential offered by cybersecurity and IT governance professional association ISACA. A similar post from Oct. 18 places Certified in Cybersecurity on one side of the balance, and CompTIA Security+ on the other.
CompTIA Explains IT All: Quantum Computing and AI
The official blog of tech industry association CompTIA frequently posts explainer-style articles intended to help various IT laymen make sense of this or that arcane or semi-arcane IT topic. A new post dives into the subject of quantum computing and AI. That may sounds like two subject to most people, and it is, but the posted (credited to the CompTIA AI Advisory Council) focuses on quantum computing while drawing links to how that area of study is helping to unlock the potential of AI. Both quantum computing and AI are IT industry hot topics that bear strongly on the near-term future of IT, so it's worth taking a moment to deepen your familiarity with these important tech disciplines.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Joins the Crowd
The collective "your mom" — theorized by philosophers and social scientists while frequently having various characteristics and actions ascribed to her in the popular discourse — is often said to have denounced the wisdom of doing something "just because everyone else is doing it." What, on the other hand, would your mom have to say about a given something that everyone is doing entirely or largely because it is the best way of accomplishing a certain aim? Well, here we are (again). You could say that Amazon Web Services has either joined the proverbial "axis of evil," or that it's merely taking up with a proven professional organization. That's in the wake of AWS announcing this week that all future AWS certification exams will be administered by certification testing titan Pearson VUE. Yup. As "Weird Al" Yankovic would surely opine, "Another one rides the bus." If you're hoping to take your certification under the soon-to-be-former testing regime, then you're on the clock. Pearson VUE is taking over AWS certification testing lock, stock, and barrel on Jan. 1.
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