There is a vast expanse of IT certification content here at CertMag.com, and each year it gets a little more far-flung. 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 2019. We're going to do this in three installments, comprising the 30 most-read new articles of the year.
Today we're bringing you our second installment, the most popular articles of 2020, nos. 11 through 20:
11) Creating career pathways with training and security certification: "Considering the rapid rate at which the cybersecurity field is changing, specific knowledge and skills acquired during collegiate studies often become outdated after a few short years." (by Rob Rashotte)
12) Fortinet says training and certification the answer to cloud security shortfall: "The move to the cloud has many business benefits, but it is not without its risks, as IT security teams can be spread even thinner. The increased risk is due in part to the introduction of the shared responsibility model for cloud security." (by Rob Rashotte)
13) ITIL 4 Managing Professional Guides: Which one is right for you?: "Businesses need to put stakeholders at the heart of what they are doing and ensure that the services they offer meet and exceed demand. This can only be done if the customer experience and expectation is understood not only by the wider business but also by IT teams." (by Clare Cottrell)
14) Salary Survey Extra: Average salary for certified IT workers by U.S. state: "In sketching the IT employment landscape of America, we've ranked every state that supplied at least 1 percent of our total U.S. survey population. The remaining states are given in a separate list, with the caution that smaller samples produce less reliable data." (by CertMag Staff)
15) Six important career skills that IT certification programs are overlooking: "That said, there are highly relevant career skills that are only marginally represented by any current IT industry certification program. These career skills are often covered by electives found in college degree programs." (by Aaron Axline)
16) The six next-best U.S. states to look for IT work: "In Colorado and Illinois, for example, the tech industry is attracting a diverse mix of potential employers. Michigan has shown a lot of promise as an IT-hub-in-waiting. These states are more affordable than California, New York, and Washington, for tech employees as well as companies." (by Reena Ghosh)
17) Salary Survey Extra: Deep Focus on Okta Certified Consultant: "After a two-year run by different Amazon Web Services certifications, Okta Certified Consultant makes its first Salary Survey 75 appearance at No. 1 - no gradual buildup, just straight to the top of the heap." (by CertMag Staff)
18) Certification is helping educators build tomorrow's tech workforce: "In the past, newcomers with IT or computer science aspirations were considered career- and job-ready only after attending a four-year college or university. In 2020, higher education is no longer viewed as being the sole means by which students can obtain the high-level IT skills needed to embark on a successful IT or computer science career." (by Travis Wilde)
19) Salary Survey Extra: Deep Focus on AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner: "Industry reporting recently disclosed that Amazon Web Services (AWS) controls roughly a third (33 percent) of the global market for cloud infrastructure service providers, more than Microsoft (18 percent), Google (8 percent) and IBM (6 percent) combined." (by CertMag Staff)
20) Six tech trends that could shape 2020: "Thanks to AI, even those pesky robo-callers we all love to hate have become so lifelike and intuitive in their responses that they just may leave you wondering whether that sales or research call was actually handled by a human." (by Mary Kyle)
2020 in Review: Our 10 most popular articles of the year
2020 in Review: Most popular articles 21 through 30