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Top Paying IT Certifications And Growth Projections in Northern Virginia

Top Paying IT Certifications And Growth Projections in Northern Virginia

Tech skills are constantly shifting with the advent of new technology and tools. IT professionals need to be constantly upgrading their skills. Be the master of one skill not the jack of all trades. This will be a common theme for those beginning or continuing education in their IT career. Here is the list of the top IT certifications in the DC-MD-VA and Northern Virginia areas. Yes, you can apply this Nationwide but our focus is on the Washington-DC region. According to some, the Washington-DC region could be the next Silicon Valley

“70% of internet traffic runs through Northern Virginia. 55 of the world’s 500 fastest-growing cybersecurity companies are headquartered in the region” – Cushmon Wakefield Tech Cities study.”

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)


What is it? 

ITIL is the most widely accepted framework in the world. This will lay the foundation of best practices in the information technology field. It will also give users a solid base on the terminology used when navigating other specialty areas. We placed this as #1 because it is the class that has the highest demand, and the most attendees. An IT professional can branch out from this class to other areas of IT. 

After laying the foundation by earning your ITIL training certificate, you can advance your ITSM career via the range of ITIL Intermediate certifications or the ITIL Practitioner certification.

What do they make? 

According to ZipRecruiter, leading job posting website, in Virginia an ITIL or ITSM jobs earn on average $115,900/year. 

What is job growth? 

ITIL can help land a high-paying IT position in a growing field. As more people use mobile devices, and gadgets companies are looking for people who are advancing in their ITIL skills.  According to ITSM Market 2019 Disclosing Latest Trend And Technology Outlook 2025 – the total cloud ITSM market size is expected to grow from USD 4,425 million in 2019 to USD 10,383 million by 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.6% during the forecast period.

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Microsoft Cloud Azure

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What is it?

Microsoft Azure is the cloud for modern business. This certification helps you to understand cloud concepts, core Azure Services, Azure pricing and support, and the fundamentals of cloud security, privacy, compliance, and trust.

The Microsoft Azure training in DC-MD-VA covers:

  • Key cloud concepts such as High Availability, Scalability, Elasticity, Agility, Fault Tolerance, and Disaster Recovery
  • Understand the benefits of cloud computing in Azure and how it can save you time and money
  • Compare and contrast basic strategies for transitioning to the Azure cloud
  • Explore the breadth of services available in Azure including compute, network, storage and security

What do they make?

According to ZipRecruiter, leading job posting website, in DC-MD-VA a Microsoft Azure professional salary is $121,555 / year. They can make as much as $205,678 / year. 

What is job growth?

Microsoft won a large $10 billion government contract in December 2019 causing Amazon to send an official appeal after the win. The government is not the only adopters of this technology. It is estimated that a staggering 95% of Fortune 500 companies rely on technology to operate. 

This IT tech training spans across 5 major industries including healthcare, financial services, retail, manufacturing, and the government. It will allow the practitioner to have an answer to business challenges from business analytics, DevOps, Internet of Things. Most of the IT solutions provided by Microsoft azure are cost-effective and the stakeholders can quickly scale their operation., a leading job placement website with 20 million unique visitors a month, in their latest study showed that azure is on the top 5 “Fastest rising tech skills of 2019.” Yes, Azure is outpacing AWS year-over-year and now a 1,107% percentage change from 2014 to 2019. 

The chart shows five other tech skills boosted their share of more than 1,000%, including IoT (Internet of Things), Ansible, Kafka, Azure, and Spark.

Of the IT jobs advertised, Microsoft Azure accounts for 15% of those postings. From these charts, and the new 10 billion dollar government contract, we can conclude that in 2020 Azure may become the highest demand IT position. 

A quick LinkedIn job search for the United States shows that there are 48,445 open Azure positions in the United States alone

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AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

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What is it?

The associate level course is intended for individuals with experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. From this AWS training, the students can have a hands-on approach to design available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS. 

What do they make?

ZipRecruiter, a leading job posting site states that the average Azure Developer earns  $131,838 per year and the average Azure Architect earns $144,866 per year. The salary can be increased when the required courses are taken to become a Senior Azure certified professional. It is always advised to advance in one chosen field and be the best in a single area. 

What is the job growth trend?

AWS and Azure are both competing for market share but AWS continues to rank supreme. 

The chart below shows public cloud adoption for AWS, AZURE, and Google Cloud. This is the latest study from late 2019 from the report State of Cloud Report from Flexera. Although Azure is gaining some ground AWS still remains the leader in cloud public adoption and market share.

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Project Management Professional (PMP)


What is it?

The PMP is the gold standard of project management certification. It is recognized and demanded by organizations worldwide. Having a PMP validates your competence as a project manager including leading and directing projects and teams. If you have a track record for leading people the PMP certification can be the dream job for you. PMP certifications earn 23% more than non-certification holders. 

What do they make?

They make on average $119,995 / year but other estimates as much as $142k / year. 

What is the job growth trend?

The latest PMI-commissioned talent gap analysis by Anderson Economic Group (AEG) points to rapid career growth for project managers within the 11 countries studied. Through 2027, the project management labor force is expected to grow by 33 percent or nearly 22 million new jobs.

By 2027, employers will need nearly 88 million individuals in project management-oriented roles. A solid foundation of general knowledge with an ITIL certification can help accelerate your career. 

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CompTIA Security +

What is it?

Security + is also on the list because it is a high demand for entry-level cybersecurity positions. The CompTIA Security training certification prep course is designed to provide information technology professionals with the base knowledge on industry-wide topics including communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack and operational and organization security.

What do they make?

ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $113,913, the majority of salaries within the Comptia Security jobs category currently range between $49,573 (25th percentile) to $82,270 (75th percentile) in Washington, DC.

What is job growth?

According to the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), cybersecurity is the top five highest demand tech job. Security + and CISSP had the most job openings with 9,580 and 8,703 respectively. 

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Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 


What is it?

It is a globally recognized credential verifying information security competency in order to protect organizations from cyber attacks. The credential proves extensive technical and managerial abilities to engineer and manage information security programs. If you’re looking to land a cybersecurity job, recruiters emphasized the importance of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The CISSP certification is job demand is high for senior-level positions. 

What do they make?

According to ZipRecruiter, the majority of salaries within the CISSP jobs category currently range between $107,057 (25th percentile) to $148,192 (75th percentile) in Washington, DC. The average pay range for a CISSP job varies little (about $41,135), which suggests that regardless of location, there are not many opportunities for increased pay or advancement, even with several years of experience.

What is the job growth trend?

According to the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), cybersecurity is the top five highest demand tech job. Security + and CISSP had the most job openings with 9,580 and 8,703 respectively. 

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