The Most In-Demand IT Certifications for 2014

8.21.2014, Written by Annie Wang
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With the rise of contingent labor in today’s professional marketplace, contractors are exceedingly looking for ways to set themselves apart from the crowd. After taking into consideration the ongoing skills gap, knowing which IT certifications are in demand can take an independent contractor’s business to the next level. Independent IT research and advisory firm, Foote Partners, recently released their quarterly IT Skills Demand and Pay Trends report that looks at the top certifications, salaries and employer needs in the industry. See the list that was compiled by InfoWorld of the top IT certifications in 2014 that will help you get more business and stay in demand.






1) Certification Type: Architecture

a. Open Group

    • TOGAF9
    • Open Group Master Architect 31:50
    • Open Group Certified Architect

2) Certification Type: Cloud

a. Amazon Web Services

    • AWS Certified Solutions Architect-Associate (Cloud)
    • AWS Certified Solutions Architect-Professional (Cloud) 38:31

b. VMware

    • VMware Certified Professional-Cloud (VCP-Cloud)
    • VMware Certified Design Expert-Cloud (VCDX-Cloud)
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional-Cloud Infrastructure Design (VCAP-CID)
    • VMware VCP5 DCV

c. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert

    • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private Cloud

3) Certification Type: Agile

a. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

b. Lean SixSigma


4) Certification Type: Security

a. EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator

b. Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)


5) Certification Type: Data

a. Cloudera Certifications

    • Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist 37:00
    • Cloudera Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop

b. Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)


See the full presentation on InfoWorld here.