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The Increased Need for Career Training Certifications in 2020


As the world looks optimistically toward a new year and a new decade, businesses in the United States are growing—and hiring—at a strong and steady clip. In fact, in ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey,
employers in 13 industries nationwide reported double-digit hiring intentions.

Unfortunately, 75 percent of HR professionals said they’re still struggling to hire the right people, according to SHRM’s The Skills Gap 2019 report, because many applicants lack the right technical skills.

The good news is that if you’re ready to find a new job, re-enter the workforce, or advance at your current company, there is immense potential for realizing your career goals—if you’ve got the right skills and technology
certifications in tow.

“Because of the combination of the low unemployment rate in the United States and the speed with which IT technologies are being introduced and evolving, enterprise organizations are extraordinarily challenged to identify, hire, and retain IT professionals with current, and especially emerging, IT certifications,” says Allen R. Middleton, the vice president of Enterprise Learning Solutions at New Horizons Computer Learning Center.

As organizations across industries compete to find candidates to serve in the crucial and technologically savvy roles of application developer, systems administrator, security engineer, cloud engineer, and other positions, the
2020 job market is yours for the taking. Here are our picks for 3 of the top 20 certifications for 2020 that can help you find the right job and take the reins on your future.

AWS Certified Developer: Associate

If you’re interested in creating and maintaining Amazon Web Services (AWS) applications, the AWS Certified Developer credential can help showcase your knowledge and skill set to potential employers. When combined with the SysOps Administrator certification, this associate-level certification can also lead you to the Development Operations (DevOps) Engineer certification.

As with other associate-level AWS certifications, you can expect to take about one year to familiarize yourself with the technology and prepare for the exam. To get started, you need to not only familiarize yourself with AWS
technologies, but you should also be comfortable writing code.

For those new to coding, we recommend having a familiarity with Java; however, any programming language will suffice. Once you are satisfied with your skill level, your next step is to take a training course that will help you prepare for the exam.

Job opportunities related to this certification:

Azure Administrator Associate

If you are looking to start a career in IT, the Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate is a perfect certification to work toward. With Microsoft’s move to Azure for directory services, applications, and just about everything else, this entry-level certification prepares you for a host of jobs.

The training time for the AZ-103 exam is relatively short if you opt for boot camp-style training. Self-paced training would likely take a bit longer. Once you are confident in the skills you learn, you need to sit for the exam to
obtain this certification.

If you are new to IT, you may consider starting with the Azure Fundamentals certification. If you have a solid foundation in IT, then you can start directly with a training course to prepare for the AZ-103 exam.

Job opportunities related to this certification:

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

If you are interested in cybersecurity but also want to work in one of the fastest-growing fields in IT, then you should look at the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification. Because this certification demonstrates expertise in two of the biggest fields in IT—cloud technologies and cybersecurity—it can lead to a number of rewarding job opportunities.

For this certification, you need to have five years of IT experience, with at least three of those in cybersecurity and at least one in an (ISC)² domain. As with most work experience requirements, there are waivers available that may help shorten the time frame. It should take no longer than a week to complete a training program and prepare for the exam if done through a boot camp.

To get started, make sure you have your job experience lined up. If this is an area where you are lacking, look for ways to leverage your experience to find work in the right fields. Once you’ve satisfied this requirement, start your
training for the exam through a reputable career training program.

Job opportunities related to this certification:

You may have made resolutions in the past, but this year is a new decade—it’s time for a fresh start! We’re not talking about staying off Amazon or heading to the gym. It’s time to invest in yourself, to better your career.

To help you along the way, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide featuring the top 20 career training certifications for the upcoming year. In addition to getting a preview of what’s up and coming in 2020, you’ll be able to decide which programs would best suit you and help you invest in the right career path.

What certifications will employers be looking for in 2020? [View Guide]

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