1. Certifications lead to pay hikes
Debate rages among IT professionals as to the value of certifications. Are they just a way for vendors to milk you for more money? Or do they really benefit your careers? This was aptly reflected in a survey of 700 network professionals. A good many - 26% - saw no value in certs and had none. Yet among the 74% that did go the certification route, most said that they led to promotions, new jobs or pay raises. Forty percent said that certs increased their pay by more than 10%. Network professionals earning the highest wages, over £70,000, also said certs boosted their careers. But, they said, some certs are more valuable than others.