No Time For School? Professional Certifications Are In Demand

June 26, 2013  |  

If money were no object, you can bet your paycheck that many people would head back to school to advance their education. Let’s face it — the job market is super competitive given our economic situation which makes opportunities more and more scarce. Having a leg up on your competition or something that sets you apart can be the difference when it comes to landing a job.

But what happens when a Master’s degree is not in the cards for you? Does this mean you are down and out for the count?

Thankfully there are other things that can make you you shine bright outside of your great personality and professional experience. Many professionals consider certifications in their industry that shows current and future employers their dedication to their craft. In many cases these can be stepping stones to job positions, or open a completely new door to a career opportunity. Here are some professional certifications that are currently in high demand.

Project management professional (PMP)

Project management professional (PMP)

There seem to be more opportunities for project managers popping up which is awesome for those who have experience with this line of work. One way to command more attention is with the necessary Project Management Professional credentials. Professionals with the necessary experience can really set themselves apart and even command a higher salary as this certification shows your competence and demonstrated abilities.

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  • Dirk Digggler

    this is full of ads and crap! otherwise it would have been nice to visit.

  • eham06

    Good article. However you failed to mention one of the fastest growing lucrative segments: Web Analytics
    Google and Adobe/Omniture have certifications.

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  • brooksie

    What if you want to change careers entirely? What are good certification programs to get your foot in the door if you have no experience in that field?

  • DeepThinker

    I am studying for the PMP exam. Hopefully it can get me out of my dead end job.

  • kgreat

    Thanks, this article is quite useful.