Daljeet Kaur Lal Jan 25, 2024
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Top 7 Certifications to Start Your Career in IT

Starting a career in the IT industry seems challenging if you’re not sure about where to start, especially when there are so many certification options to choose from. Everybody knows that the IT sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and huge opportunities waiting for you in different niches to lead a successful career.

How do you know which area fits you most?  Which career path will give you growth as quickly as possible? 

If you are working in the IT industry for a while and looking for better-paying jobs or if you want to start a brand new career in this field, then this certification list will help you to get there. Adding the certification that you want to work with your resume is beneficial for career growth.

Your academic background has nothing to do with this IT certification. It's not a requirement to get a certification in Information Technology and also no need for any prerequisite exams to qualify to enroll for the credential. In addition, these certifications are not long-term courses, you can easily deal with study materials when preparing for your certification tests.

To guide you in the right direction to reaching your IT career, here we have listed out the top 7 certifications to start a career in IT.

  • CISSP-Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • CISM-Certified Information Security Manager
  • MTA-Microsoft Technology Associate
  • CompTIA A+ 
  • PMP
  • VMware Certified Professional
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals 

1.CISSP-Certified Information Systems Security Professional

 The CISSP(Certified Information Systems Security Professional) is a globally recognized information technology and information security certification in order to protect organizations from cyber attacks. With a proven track record, the CISSP is at the top of the cybersecurity industry. It proves technical and managerial abilities to engineer and manage information security programs.

The CISSP exam is based on Security and Risk Management, Asset Security, Security Architecture and Engineering, Communication and Network Security, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Security Assessment and Testing, Security Operations, Software Development Security.

Most common job titles you could be applying after Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification:

  • Information technology auditor
  • Security analyst
  • Information security analyst

2)CISM – Certified Information Security Manager 

CISM is advanced certification expertise in managing enterprise information security teams. CISM-certified employers have a high demand around the world. This certification gives you knowledge of technical competence and business objectives around data security.

This Certification cover four domains:

  • Information Security Governance
  • Information Risk Management
  • Information Security Program Development and Management
  • Information Security Incident Management

3) MTA-Microsoft Technology Associate

The MTA is an entry-level certification that can be adding extra, career-focused badges to your resume. Through this certification, you can get the fundamental knowledge in the application of specific software or hardware produced by Microsoft.

The new certification is intended to equip professionals to take positions such as administrator, developer, and solution architect, etc.

Microsoft created the Browse MTA Certifications to help students find the most appropriate certification for their desired career path. Including,

  • Office 365
  • Web Apps
  • Cloud Computing
  • Windows
  • Office Users
  • SQL Server

Getting a certification in any of the above software can help to improve your desirability as a job candidate.

4) CompTIA A+ 

CompTIA A+ is one of the most preferable entry-level certifications and is a starting point for careers in information technology (IT). 

Certified A+ professionals find a job in tech support or servicing computers such as handle the maintenance of PCs, printers, operating systems, mobile devices, and laptops. 

Most common job titles include:

  • In-home support specialist
  • Desktop support technician
  • Help desk technician

5) PMP 

PMP(Project management professionals) are globally recognized and one of the most rapidly growing professions in the world now. Every industry has a high demand for Project Management Professionals and this certification is essential for those who want to take their career in project management professionals to the next level.

PMP covers five different areas like Initiate, Plan, Execute, Monitor and Control, and Close. Nowadays, many companies are making it mandatory to have a PMP certification, so you cannot apply for these positions without getting these credentials.

If you are working in a company, PMP certification can be extremely valuable and it puts you way ahead in terms of moving up the career ladder. 

Read also: Why Choose a Career in Project Management?

6) VMware Certified Professional 

VMware professionals have a huge demand in the IT industry, which helps organizations leverage VMware products and services. When it comes to virtualization technologies, VMware is the top-tier certification. VMware’s certification helps to build the knowledge and skills needed to use their technologies.

VMware helps IT, professionals, to work with VMware products in a variety of environments. VMware offers different levels of certifications to help IT pros continue to develop and hone their virtualization skills.

VMware offers certification for virtualization professionals:

  • VMware Certified Associate (VCA)
  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP)
  • VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX)

7) Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals 

Cloud computing has come to the mainstream for a while, to revamp business processes in a secure way. Now, it gets the idea of cloud computing, utilizes, and manages cloud services like Azure to handle more of their operations and processes.

Boost your cloud career with Microsoft Azure certifications, it provides foundational knowledge about basic cloud concepts and services.

With Azure you get to develop and validate your skill sets, also Microsoft has modernized its certification structure to better reflect today’s cloud-focused jobs

Now, let’s get into a Conclusion

Earning any of these  IT certifications will get you the right position in the IT sector. Choose a certification course that you want to stabilize your profession so that you will never regret taking a step towards advancing your career in an ever-growing industry. Remember, your academic background is not important in pursuing any of these credentials, and all you need is the will and passion to be successful in the IT sector.

Daljeet Kaur Lal is an HR Trainer who has extensive work experience of over 11 years. She is now working with Edoxi Training Institute, Dubai. She develops and executes various HR training programs to ensure that employees have the skills and knowledge to meet the organization's objectives.

She is passionate about learning new things. She enjoys spending her free time reading favourite books and listening to all-time favourite melodies in English and Hindi. She is also keenly involved in Adventurous activities and loves to travel a lot.