Key benefits of certification in the workforce
The benefits of certification aren’t just contained to the classroom. Once students graduate, they’ll see the value of their certification in the job market. Certification provides significant advantages to professionals and job candidates.
- IT professionals with certifications have an average salary of $111,334, 7% more than non-certified professionals.
- IT professionals who gained new skills and/or certifications last year received an average raise of $12,000-$13,000.
- Certification makes job candidates stand out in a crowded job market.
- Certification makes a better case for that big raise or promotion.
Furthermore, certified candidates will provide value to the organizations where they will be employed. Many employers report a shortage of qualified workers. Although employers have many job openings, they struggle to find skilled, qualified applicants to fill those positions. Certification helps close that gap.
Many businesses and associations look upon certifications as designations that provide assurance of a potential employee’s ability to perform a job or task, making them more valuable to, and coveted by, employers.
Certified candidates from across the globe are seeing the value in their professional certifications. Luqman Hakim is an Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design from Malaysia and aspiring digital arts lecturer. Luqman has already seen the impact his certifications have had on his professional opportunities. He said, “With my Adobe certifications, I am recognized as a professional designer. That allows me to receive a lot of design jobs and invitations to give workshops and classes. I have received job offers from companies like JobsMalaysia and Starbucks, in addition to the invitations to teach a workshop a month.”
Certifications in programs like Adobe and Microsoft help set candidates apart in a competitive job market. Katie Murray, a college student from the United States, used her Microsoft Office Specialist certifications to land her dream internship. When asked about her journey, Murray said, “My certifications have made a major contribution to my educational and career success. I landed an internship with Textron Aviation my freshman year of college above many older students because of my Microsoft certifications. That was brought up again and again during my interview.”
As Luqman’s and Katie’s experiences demonstrate, certification credentials are being viewed as increasingly valuable and given more focus and attention when considering skills and qualifications for open positions. When education is combined with certification, candidates receive tangible evidence of their ability to succeed as productive employees and citizens in their communities.
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