Land higher paying jobs with these IT certifications.

Which IT certifications can command higher pay? How much does it cost to score a certification from the IT Hot List? Every quarter, Foote Partners helps techies make better training investments by releasing statistics to share IT’s most lucrative certifications. Data is collected from a diverse sample of 2,600 employers to establish median salary premiums and increases. Read on for certifications that are correlated to 16% increases in pay and the costs to obtain them.

● Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst (CFCA)TM: This rare anti­hacker certification requires an FBI background check and is offered three times a year in Washington state. Most Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst applicants have at least two years of field experience, but training courses are available. Exam cost: $750

● Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) – Master Level: An Open CA certification at the master’s level (II of III levels) shows employers that you are “able to perform independently and take responsibility for delivery of systems and solutions as a lead architect.”

Exam cost: starts at $1250
Annual fee: $175
Recertify every 3­-years: $250

● Program Management Professional (PMP)® : According to Project Management Institute’s website, PMP certified project managers earn 17% more than their noncertified counterparts. This certification is for experienced project managers who have a history of project management education (35 hours, to be exact). The exam is intense – four hours to complete 300 multiple choice questions.

Exam Cost: $405 for members, $555 for non­members
Project Management Institute Membership: $32 for students, $129 for professionals

● Open Group Master Certified IT Specialist (Open CIT S): Attention IT Specialists, the Open CIT S certification was developed to verify existing skills and show employers, “Yes, Bob knows his stuff.” Applications must pass through an initial review and board review for approval.

Certifications are valid for three years.
Certification Fee: $1,250
Annual Fee: $175
Re­certification Fee: $250 ● TOGAF® consideration for software engineers who want to crossover into higher­paying architectural positions.

Exam cost: $495 ­ $640
Training Courses: Prices vary, check out TOGAF®9: Another certification developed by The Open Group, TOGAF® 9 is worth A certification does not guarantee a boost in pay or entrance into a higher­paying career. However, selectively spending your hard­earned money on training and certifications can pay off. Software architect and cyber security IT career fields are leading the pack with impressive salary increases and employer demand. According to a recent Forbes article, the number of unfilled cybersecurity positions is expected to climb to 1.5 million by 2019. The truth is that these jobs are in demand and “hot” certifications will provide a more competitive edge.