Best IT certification courses

1. JAVA/J2EE & Its Frameworks (Struts, Spring, Hibernate):

The most widely used technology by almost all the esteemed companies across domains (Banking, Telecom, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Aviation, Academia, Retail & Consumer products) around the world is nothing but Java.

And when it comes to what exactly you will have to learn, Java continues to be an unending ocean where you should focus on strengthening your core part of it as much as possible.

2.CISCO Technologies

If you are fascinated by various types of network wires connected to your computer, the plugs and switches that hold the programming logic of those cables, and are curious of how data flows (routes)through those switches, CISCO technologies can be your choice of course.

To start with CISCO courses while targeting a decent job, you need at least a senior secondary (10+2) or some diploma / graduation in computer sciences (or even a non-computer profile will do).

CISCO technologies are among the few courses which are most popular among non-IT aspirants who are targeting an entry level job (but not without certain drawbacks viz. below average work profile).

While opting for any network based course including CISCO technologies, do a thorough research on the infrastructure of practical labs of the institute, as the theories are of almost negligent significance in network based courses.

The five levels of certification from CISCO are: Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, and Architect along with targeted certifications for Specialist and Technician. These are available in seven different subject areas: Routing & Switching, Design, Network Security, Service Provider, Storage Networking, Voice and Wireless.

Remember, if you’ve jumped into the foray of CISCO technologies then their certifications are a ‘must’ to drive you career forward.

The better the level of degree (graduation recommended) attained combined with the various levels of certifications achieved, the better will be the salary digits in your bank account and the work profile will vary hugely.

3. SAS

Data Analytics is now a rapidly growing field and so this Business Intelligence domain has emerged as the most lucrative option among the current breed of IT graduates.

SAS, originally Statistical Analysis System, is an integrated system of software products provided by SAS Institute, to perform data entry, retrieval, management, mining, report writing and graphics. Some explicit benefits are as under:

  • Widely used for business planning, forecasting, and decision support for its accurate results.
  • Extensively used for operations research and project management
  • Best tool for quality improvement and applications development
  • Provides Data warehousing (extract, transform, and load)
  • Additional benefits of platform independence and remote computing ability
  • SAS business solutions assist in areas such as human resource management, financial management, business intelligence, customer relationship management and more
  • Used in analysis of results and report generation in clinical trials in pharmaceutical industry

SAS comprises multi-engine architecture for better data management and reporting. SAS training prepares students for rewarding and very well paying career as SAS analyst, programmer, developer or consultant. Anyone can learn this course and appear for the certification exams, but usually the ones who hold a valid graduation in Computers/IT, are preferred.

The SAS Certified Professional Program was launched by SAS Institute, Inc. in 1999 to recognise users who can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of SAS software. The program consists of five certifications across a number of functional areas. There are several SAS courses which prepare users for the certification exams. To date many programmers have taken these courses, some experienced users just take the exams, and there are many other SAS savvy professionals who are experienced but not SAS certified.

As per some recent surveys, about 60,000 SAS Analysts and programmers will be required in the next couple of years. Moreover, SAS consultants are paid the big bucks when compared to other software technologies.

4. DBA (Oracle, DB2, MySql, Sql Server)

In a highly unpredictable and dynamic Software/IT industry, the one course which you can rely on for a stable career is Database Administration (DBA).

DBA is all about creating, managing and maintaining huge data files; and from the several database flavours available in the market, Oracle can be your best bet. Others are popular, but once you are through with Oracle, the ones like MySql and DB2 can be easily learned later on in a much shorter period.

To move to more advanced levels, courses like Data Warehousing can be pursued further. Again as with many Software/IT courses, there is no strict minimum eligibility to learn DBA, but a regular diploma/graduation in computers continues to be preferred from a job perspective. To enhance your profile, you should look for certifications (after completion of course/self-learning) like from Oracle or IBM.

Demand for DBA will remain positive as there’s no project in Software/IT which doesn’t use a database, irrespective of the size of project. So if you’re on the lookout for a steady job option and data maintenance (programmatically) infatuates you, then a DBA course is the way to go!

5. System Administration (Red Hat, Solaris,UNIX, VMware)

For the ones who are fond of installation and computer administration activities like User Management, system security, disk management, package installations – System administration can be an enchanting choice.

As with CISCO technologies, system administration is also popular as a course among non-IT aspirants. You need to have done 10+2 or valid diploma/graduation (IT or non-IT) to start with this course and then appear for the certification exams.

Unless you hold a regular IT graduation, the certifications are almost mandatory for you if picking this administration route. There are various options in certifications from Red Hat, VMware and Solaris.

System administration is by and large considered an average salary fetching profile, but yes there are loads of exceptions to it and those who hold a 4-year graduation in computer science are at an advantage to draw bigger salary packages. Comparatively, non-IT aspirants need to be a bit patient and focus on gaining the initial 4-5 years of experience.

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