As technology’s presence increases in our personal and professional lives, companies are struggling to keep up. According to CNBC, there are over 700,000 open tech jobs in the United States. Many organizations can’t fill these rolls, as there is a lack of qualified workers. According to an Emerson Survey, 2 out of 5 Americans believe that we have a crisis due to STEM worker shortages.
These skill gaps are expected to grow. Cybersecurity, for example, will face a shortage of 1.8 million workers by 2020, according to (ISC)². Fortunately, the job outlook is fantastic for qualified workers, and with the appropriate training and experience you can easily find a lucrative, secure job in technology. This is the perfect moment to develop your skills and dive into these growing, in-demand careers.
As you pursue a career in technology, you need the knowledge and talent to deliver. You can often get this knowledge through online study or a college program, but these aren’t necessarily the most effective methods.
Teaching yourself tech skills through online research is certainly possible, but you’ll miss out on the valuable experience and insights an expert training instructor can offer. If you get stuck or don’t understand a concept, you might have a long, frustrating journey to find an answer, while a qualified instructor can answer it in moments. Teachers with experience in their field can offer unique knowledge and tips, and they'll ensure you fully understand the concepts you need to pass certification tests.
College, on the other hand, is a massive investment of time and money. While you have the benefit of quality instructors, you will also spend hours in classes you don’t necessarily need to advance your career. If you have a strong game-plan and know the specific fields you want to pursue, you can advance your career rapidly through career training.
In a field like cybersecurity, where errors can cost organizations massively in time, money, and reputation, companies need workers they can trust to handle their needs. They want workers that understand current technologies and best practices like the back of their hand and can also adapt and grow with new developments in their field.
Certification proves this knowledge. Adding certifications to your resume shows employers that you know your stuff. If your certification requires renewal, make sure you stay diligent and showcase your ability to keep up with changing technologies and practices.
With the proper training and certification, you can land incredibly lucrative jobs in the technology field. Basic IT certifications can give you a good start, but advanced paths can open doors to a nice six-figure salary.
According to Global Knowledge, certifications in specific topics such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, networking, and project management regularly secure six-figure salaries. PMP® (Project Management Professional) certified workers make around $135,798, while you can earn around $116,900 with a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification.
Proven Career Success
Certifications won’t just fluff up your resume, they can actively change your life. Anthony Voce, one of our students, was laid off after 10 years with Boeing. Using his GI Bill® benefits as a veteran, he pursued career training with New Horizons Career Development Solutions, obtaining certification with CompTIA Network+ and Security+. With those certifications, he quickly secured a job that paid $20,000 higher than he’d ever earned, and he now has an excellent position as an information assurance specialist for a defense contractor.
Whether you’re just starting in the IT field or you already have experience, training and certification is a proven way to showcase your knowledge, spruce up your resume, and impress employers. At New Horizons Career Development Solutions, our expert advisers and instructors bring real-world experience to the classroom, so you can both learn the material and how it’s actually applied in the workforce. Wondering which certifications you need? Read through our guide, 10 Skills Companies Want a Modern Employee to Have.