As we continue into the New Year, IT jobs are still on the rise. Some of the cliches such as, “certifications are valuable difference makers in the IT job market”, “healthcare IT continues to grow and evolve”, and “IT job market remains strong into 2013” have been heard a lot; however, they still remain true.
In the highly competitive IT job market, everything is taken into consideration. An executive of Texas-based VAR Staffing said in the latest CRN article on an IT job growth series, “If we have two candidates and one has the experience and one has the certification, generally the VARs will want to speak to the certified candidate first.”
VAR has also found that the top certifications for gripping their attention on your resume is as followed:
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) – considered and industry standard.
- EMC Proven Professional certification and NetApp Certified Data management Administration certification – distinguishes markers in the field for engineers and storage architects.
- CompTIA A+ certification – considered a requirement for service technicians by many large firms and also considered the “gold standard”.
- CompTIA Security + certification – great entry level certification to get job seekers in the door in a rapidly growing sector.
- Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification – considered the number one in-demand certificate.
IT professionals wishing to focus their energy and map out a career path would find it very difficult to find a better industry than healthcare IT.
Xconomy Forum: Healthcare in Transition, a Boston-based event, included venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who asked if the healthcare IT is headed in the same “rise and fall” scenario as the dot-com boom of the late 1990’s.
The major difference is, during the dot-com boom there were neat solutions created to non-existent problems. These healthcare technology start-ups are solving serious technology and business problems in this continually growing field.
Bryan Sivak, CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in his keynote address, “data is changing the healthcare industry right now. Healthcare is an opaque market and you need transparency around cost and quality.”
According to an industry staffing firm, nearly two-thirds of recruiters and hiring managers expect to add additional IT professionals in the first half of the year.
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