Certification Magazine - December 2007 - (Page 18)
CERTIFICATION CertMag’s 2007 DANIEL MARGOLIS, MIKE PROKOPEAK, LISA RUMMLER, BRIAN SUMMERFIELD, BEN WARDEN AND KELLYE WHITNEY Six years after the fact, the dot-com bust still seems to haunt IT like a ghost. Cite all the statistics you want — techies are still going to remember ’02, when they sent out more than 50 resumes and heard nothing back. But the facts on the ground are that the slump is over, and as IT moves closer and closer to controlling basically the entire world, the industry is more robust than ever. That being said, the IT certification market is not so predictable that it can be described merely as “slow, steady growth.” Although some cert programs are booming, others are trending downward somewhat, perhaps indicating that industry recovery has plateaued for now. The more than 35,000 IT professionals who responded to the Certification Magazine 2007 Salary Survey reported their average salary for 2006 as $68,820 and their average salary for 2007 as $74,730, indicating growth outpacing inflation. The top five highest-paying certifications saw a reshuffling from past years, with some old favorites rallying back toward the top. Survey Methodology The Certiﬁcation Magazine 2007 Salary Survey was conducted over a ﬁve-week period from Aug. 1 to Sept. 5. Two methods were used to obtain responses. First, e-mails that contained a link to the online survey were sent to Certiﬁcation Magazine subscribers, asking them to participate. Second, the survey was accessed via invitations or Web site links from 24 companies and organizations. For the survey, 35,066 IT professionals in 195 countries provided data and the margin of error is no more than +/- 1.0 percent at the 95 percent conﬁdence level. Surveys were data-entered, computerprocessed and analyzed by Litchﬁeld Research, a full-service market research ﬁrm that specializes in the publishing industry. 18 CERTIFICATION MAGAZINE December 2007
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