Best IT certifications for the highest paid IT jobs

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Looking to grow your career in IT? Check out these eight certifications

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What certification should you undertake if you want to land a top IT job - and a good salary? With so many options out there it can be hard to know which one to choose.

To save you the legwork we have rounded up some of the best-paid certifications for IT professionals.

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Here are our top 8.

MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification

This course was previously known as the MCSE- Server Infrastructure certification until it was changed in March this year in order to keep up with the changing industry.

The new certification covers the roles of cloud administrator, cloud architect, computer support specialist and information security analyst. As the demand for Microsoft server infrastructure skills continues to grow this certification will remain in high demand.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Cybersecurity threats have become a pressing issue for businesses and governments alike over the last number of years. As a result, this certification is becoming more and more relevant.

The CEH certification is geared towards a wide range of IT professionals, especially those responsible for network and data security. If you do decide to hack for good you could earn a pretty penny. The average wage for a CEH is £43,000 according to PayScale.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

The PMP certification is administered by the Project Management Institute. It is currently one of the most highly recognised project management certifications on the market today.

Participants are tested in five specific areas: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and closing. You need to have completed 35 hours of related training before taking the exam.

Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Routing & Switching

This certificate is widely recognised and very popular, however, there is a very tough testing process. Three exams are required to pass: routing, switching and troubleshooting.

The Cisco certification website states that the exam: "Validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions."

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

The CISSP is a globally recognised certificate offered by (ISC)2. The course included subjects such as risk management, communications and network security, software development security and access management.

The test consists of 250 multiple choice questions. In order to pass the test, you need a score of 700 or better which is no mean feat.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect

This certificate has been created for IT professionals who design and manage applications on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform.

In order to be accepted, candidates need to have one year of AWS experience and demonstrated proficiency in a major programming language. The exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions which must be completed in less than 80 minutes.

Certified Information Security Manager (ISACA CISM)

This certification is a great next step for people who have advanced IT skills and are looking for a new challenge. The course teaches candidates how to create and implement security programmes that will keep their organisation safe.

If you choose to do this certificate then you'll have to take a 200-question test on topics such as information security governance, information risk management and incident management.

Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)

This certification is designed for those who manage, advise or provide assurance services around enterprise IT governance. Introduced in 2007, it covers the basic framework for governance and strategic management

CGEIT combines the achievement of passing a comprehensive exam with recognition of work, management and educational experience

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