There is a deep well of IT certification content here at CertMag.com, and each year it gets a little deeper. With new articles four days a week most weeks during the year, that's roughly 200 new articles every year. Some are articles previously published in Certification Magazine, but about three-quarters of what you get here on the website is original content.
No doubt there are some of you out there who read everything that shows up here. (Or at least we hope there's no doubt of that. And if you really are one of those hardcore CertMag readers, then gold star for you. We'd like to shake your hand and buy you a drink.) The average drop-in visitor, however, probably doesn't get even a real taste of everything that shows up here in a calendar year.
That's why recaps like this are so helpful. There's no need to wonder what you've missed: Other visitors to the site have already voted with their mouse clicks, and curated a list of the most compelling articles to appear on the site in 2018. We're going to do this in two installments, comprising the 20 most-read new articles of the year. Today we're bringing you the second of those lists, our most popular articles 11 through 20 of 2018:
11) Salary Survey Extra: Average salary for certified IT workers by U.S. state "As noted elsewhere in our survey findings, the average annual salary across all certified IT professionals in the United States last year was $115,670. So how does that look when you compare individual states?" (by CertMag Staff)
12) Maximize your value to potential employers by mastering soft skills "It's been estimated that 90 percent of people can detect when verbal communication is not genuine. Remember that good verbal communication is something you must continually practice." (by Nathan Kimpel)
13) The seven hardest computer networking certifications "It's been estimated that 90 percent of people can detect when verbal communication is not genuine. Remember that good verbal communication is something you must continually practice." (by Timothy Warner)
14) Cybersecurity educators are making a difference on an emerging battlefield "At another conference I learned about the need for dentists to add an IT professional to their staffs. Why, you might ask, other than perhaps to set up a simple office network and provide occasional system maintenance? Better security is the answer." (by Travis Wilde)
15) Savvy N.J. student enters tech school with no certifications, leaves with six "The aquarium contains the world's longest 'shark bridge,' where visitors cross a rope walkway, a mere 21 inches above the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, and daring souls touch and feel some of the most exotic shark species in the world. Notwithstanding all that, Hagarty's most unusual encounter at work was not with a toothy shark, but with a deceptively quick giant octopus." (by Calvin Harper)
16) Salary Survey Extra: Deep Focus on SAS Certified Base Programmer "The data analytics firm SAS is one of the most venerable companies in the red hot Big Data realm, with roots that go all the way back to 1966." (by CertMag Staff)
17) An old exam format is making an IT certification comeback "Adaptive testing is a time-honored approach for delivering certification exams. Traditional exams, otherwise known as "linear format" exams, consist of a fixed number of questions delivered in an order that is predetermined before a candidate sits for the exam." (by Mike Chapple)
18) Test your knowledge of CompTIA Network+ topics, Part 1 "Tech industry association CompTIA's popular Network+ certification is that organization's second-most popular vendor-neutral certification. CompTIA recently updated the single exam you must pass to earn this credential." (by Emmett Dulaney)
19) 25 years of A+: The past, present, and possibly troubled future of the most popular IT cert of them all "After following a modest upward trajectory over its earliest years, A+ took off like a rocket, rapidly becoming the de facto IT industry credential for PC technicians." (by Aaron Axline)
20) Salary Survey Extra: New certifications and increased income "Essentially, the likelihood that you got a raise is more or less consistent whether you got no new certifications at all, or got any specific number of them." (by CertMag Staff)
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