There’s a scene in the ’70s-set coming-of-age drama Almost Famous where aspiring music journalist William Miller has one of his first close encounters of the rock star kind. William asks singer Jeff Bebe about the essence of rock-n-roll, to which Bebe replies, “Rock-n-roll is a lifestyle and a way of thinking. And it’s not about money and popularity. Although, some money would be nice.”
You could say that information technology (IT) is also a lifestyle and a way of thinking, and also not about money and popularity. Just like the man said, of course, some money would be nice. And having the right IT skill set, verified by the right mix of certifications, is a pretty good way to get some. It’s at least more reliable (and attainable) than trying to make your six-string talk so tough.
We often end up talking about income around here, since certification a key method for IT professionals to acquire or refine the skills and expertise that secure their employment. How much you can get paid for your skills and expertise depends on a number of different factors, but certification can certainly play a role in determining salary.
Before we get to this year’s Salary Survey hot ticket, however, how about a round of applause for the more than 5,400 certified IT professionals who pitched in over the course of roughly 14 weeks at the end of 2021 to get us here? Each of those hardy souls contributed some 15 or 20 minutes of their time and 70-ish questions’ worth of their personal data to help us create a picture of the IT salary landscape in the United States and elsewhere (113 other nations) around the globe.
Some of the more notable data points have already been reported in our Winter Edition. (If you aren’t already a print or digital subscriber, then you can go here to subscribe, or just grab a digital copy, or an ink-and-paper single.) We’ll be bringing you all of that and more as 2022 marches forward: Over the next few months, articles with new survey data will be featured each week here at CertMag.com.
Our first dramatic reveal, however, is the Big Cheese of the Salary Survey, a survey output that first appeared in 2015 and has quickly become one of our most popular annual disclosures: the Salary Survey 75. People are competitive by nature, and this is a relatively harmless way to compare yourself to the Other Guy and see whose certification is at least potentially more valuable.
(No, we aren’t implying that everyone who has Certification A can expect to make Salary B from Employer C straight out of the testing center. As touched on above, there are many factors that determine salary, and the presence or absence of a particular credential on your résumé is only one of them. It sure is a fun one to talk about, though, right?)
We hope you enjoy looking over the numbers, and we hope that you’ll come back for more. Making a list of 75 certs is merely the tip of the iceberg. Stick around and you’ll find out a whole lot more in the coming weeks and months. For now, feast your eyes on this: