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Top IT Certifications To Pursue In 2022 For A Software Job

Let's take a look at a few IT certifications a professional or fresher should consider excelling in the IT space

Both worldwide and in India, IT tops as a stable and safe career choice. In fact, InformationWeek 2021 IT Salary Survey said that as technology became central to operating plans for businesses and other organisations during the pandemic, 50% of survey respondents said that a career path in IT is more secure than most others as compared to 39% of respondents who said something similar in last year’s survey.

The job market in India is extremely competitive, especially in the IT and software sectors. This is fueled by the magnitude of engineers India produces each year. Due to the emergence of new-age technologies, it is becoming even more difficult for IT professionals to get good jobs as upskilling is creating a big issue. But, upskilling is a must if one has to survive in the ever-evolving tech field. 

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Let us take a look at a few of these IT certifications a professional or fresher should consider excelling in the IT space. 

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Certified Professional Cloud Architect

The Professional Cloud Architect certification from Google helps professionals to understand cloud architecture very thoroughly. With the help of this certification, they can design, develop, and manage secure, scalable, and dynamic solutions to provide business solutions.

Google says that the certificate assesses the ability to design and plan a cloud solution architecture and manage the cloud solution infrastructure. It also gives professionals the capability to design for security and compliance, analyse, and optimise technical and business processes.

The exam length is two hours and has a registration fee of $200 (plus taxes, where applicable).

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AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

This certification from Amazon will make the professional capable of designing and implementing distributed systems on AWS. Amazon says that this certification is for professionals with one or more years of hands-on experience designing fault-tolerant and scalable distributed systems on AWS. It recommends that before planning to take this examination, one must have previous experience with using the AWS Management Console and the AWS Command Line Interface and have familiarity with AWS Well-Architected Framework, AWS networking, and the AWS global infrastructure. The professional should also have the capability to identify which AWS services meet a given technical requirement and the technical requirements for an AWS-based application.

The duration of the exam is 130 minutes and costs $130.

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Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

If one is an entry-level to mid-career professional in the IT sector, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) can show one’s capabilities in applying a risk-based approach to planning, executing and reporting on audit engagements. It will help gain credibility in interactions with internal stakeholders, regulators, external auditors, and customers.

“ISACA’s certifications are curated as per the demands of the market and emerging technology trends while also catering to specific functions within the overall IT space. Most of these certifications have been around for years and are highly respected in the IT community and with employers in demonstrating expertise and adding credibility with internal and external stakeholders. Certain trends have brought increased attention to certain credentials,” said RV Raghu, Director, Versatilist Consulting India Pvt Ltd, member of ISACA Emerging Trends Working Group and past ISACA board director.

He added, “Since ISACA launched its Information Technology Certified Associate (ITCA) and Certified in Emerging Technology (CET) certifications earlier this year, they have also witnessed a good uptick among IT professionals seeking to switch into an IT career path as well as to upskill in emerging technologies.” 

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Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle and Deployment Designer

The Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle and Deployment Designer tag is for professionals who have skills in managing Lightning Platform development and deployment activities. They should also have experience analysing the environment and requirements to design an appropriate governance framework and manage the development and deployment lifecycle on the Lightning Platform. A professional with this certification will have capabilities in designing and implementing complex development and deployment strategies and communicating the proposed solution and design trade-offs to business and technical stakeholders alike.

The typical job roles will include technical lead, developer lead, project manager, release manager, environment manager, technical architect, developers, and testers.

The examination has 60 multiple-choice/multiple-select questions, and the time allotted to complete the exam is 105 minutes. The registration fee is $400 (plus applicable taxes as required per local law).

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Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) will give one the capability to design, implement and manage a best-in-class cybersecurity program effectively. It is ideal for professionals such as 

Chief Information Security Officer, Director of Security, IT Director/Manager, Security Systems Engineer, Security Analyst, Security Auditor, Network Architect, etc. 

For more details, click here.

Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert

The Azure Solutions Architect Expert will make professionals have the skills to design and implement solutions that run on Azure aspects, such as network, storage, and security. One can get this certification by passing Exam AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies and Exam AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design.

Microsoft says that an Azure solutions architect has the skills to design end-to-end solutions for Azure while considering infrastructure, apps, data, and security, among others. It is suitable for IT pros, developers, and data professionals. 
For more details, click here.

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Sreejani Bhattacharyya
I am a technology journalist at AIM. What gets me excited is deep-diving into new-age technologies and analysing how they impact us for the greater good. Reach me at sreejani.bhattacharyya@analyticsindiamag.com

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