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Best IT Certifications for 2014 & Beyond

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Getting certified is a surefire way to advance your career in the IT industry. Whether you work for an enterprise, a small business, government, healthcare or any other place that employs IT professionals, your best bet for career advancement is to validate your skills and knowledge through a carefully chosen combination of certifications.

But certifications can get expensive. Factor in study materials, training and classes, exam fees, and the time that you devote to the whole experience; it all adds up. If you consider certifications as an investment in your career and your future, then wouldn't you want to work to obtain those that will benefit you the most?

Find the Right IT Certification & Career Success

Below you'll find certification guides that identify the best five credentials in a variety of different areas of IT, including security, storage, project management, cloud computing, computer forensics and more.

(Editor's Note: If you don't see a certification or group of certifications on this list, fear not! -- read this introductory note from Ed Tittel. You can also make suggestions to Ed via e-mail or Google+.)

Best IT Certifications for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, we've begun reevaluating our best IT certs lists in order to provide you with the most up-to-date certification information and the best choices when it comes to advancing your career in IT. Over the coming months we'll make sure to update every one of these lists, and perhaps add a few new ones as well. If there's a category we haven't covered, let us know!

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Best Information Security Certifications for 2015

Infosec professionals serious about advancing their careers should consider these top security certifications. From entry-level choices to advanced credentials, these certs will get you on your way to becoming a leader in the field of information security.

>> See the Best InfoSec Certs

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Best Storage Certifications for 2015

Skilled storage professionals continue to be in high demand in today's workplace. Those looking to prove they have the chops have over 70 different storage certifications to choose from. We narrow down this list to the top 5 choices.

>> See the Best Storage Certs

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Best Programming Certifications for 2015

When considering computer programming certifications, make sure to evaluate not just the programming languages, but also the development platforms you'll be working with. IT pros interested in computer programming have no shortage of certification options.

 >> See the Best Programming Certs

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Best Web Certifications for 2015

The web design and development fields have undergone many changes over the years, and web certifications have evolved alongside the technologies. IT pros interested in validating their web skills should consider these top five certs.

>> See the Best Web Certs

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Best IT Certifications for 2014

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Best VoIP & Telephony Certifications for 2014

As traditional PBXs and PSTNs are being replaced by VoIP and IP-based PBXs, the telephony space is changing and so are the credentials for IT professionals. Here are five of the best VoIP and telephony certs to invest in now.

>> See the Best VoIP & Telephony Certs

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Best Unified Communications Certifications for 2014

UC brings multiple communication applications, such as e-mail, instant messaging, IP telephony, and audio and video conferencing, together under one umbrella. In today's globally dispersed world, Unified Communications certifications are growing in demand.

>> See the Best UC Certs

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Best Backup and Disaster Recovery Certifications for 2014

Backup and disaster recovery certifications are seeing a healthy uptrend as new cloud-based BC/DR tools proliferate the market. While business continuity and disaster recovery have always been important to organizations, they're becoming more critical, and IT certifications are following suit. Here are the best BCP/DRP certs for 2014. 

>> See the Best Backup & DR Certs

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Best Data Center Certifications for 2014

With the emerging software defined data center technologies, many of today's data center certifications are requiring additional skills, including virtualization and cloud computing. Other trends affecting this space include big data, Internet of Things, network virtualization and more. Here are the best options for data center certifications for 2014.

>> See the Best Data Center Certs

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Best Cloud IT Certifications for 2014

Certified IT professionals with solid cloud computing skills continue to be in high demand as more companies adopt cloud technologies. With new cloud credentials being added to the list each year, how do you choose the cloud computing certification that's worth it? Here's an updated list of our five best cloud certs for 2014.

>> See the Best Cloud Computing Certs

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Best Mobility Certifications for 2014

Mobile technologies are experiencing unprecedented growth, with no slowdown in sight. Mobility is truly taking IT by storm, forcing management to rethink everything from big-picture infrastructure design to the details wired and wireless network integration. And mobile certifications are following suit.

 >> See the Best Mobility Certs

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Best Big Data Certifications for 2014

The field of big data, analytics and business intelligence is all the rage these days, and the number of certifications is ticking up accordingly. What's more, IT professionals with big data and related certs are growing in demand.

>> See the Best Big Data Certs

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Best IT Trainer Certifications for 2014

Becoming an IT instructor is not an easy path, but the destination is full of opportunities. IT trainers need to stay on top of the technologies they're teaching, know how to effectively share their knowledge and engage with their students. Here are five certs that will help you do just that.

>> See the Best IT Trainer Certs

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Best Healthcare IT Certifications for 2014

Healthcare IT is booming as health systems make bigger investments in technology and telecommunications. Today there are a number of certifications that specifically target IT for healthcare from a mix of IT industry vendors as well as healthcare-focused organizations.

 >> See the Best Healthcare IT Certs

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Best Virtualization Certifications for 2014

In today's competitive IT job market, virtualization is a must-have technology and employment niche. The exploding popularity of virtualization and cloud computing translates to a high demand for experienced and certified virtualization professionals.

 >> See the Best Virtualizations Certs

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Best Telecommunications Certifications for 2014

When it comes to bringing people and systems together, networking is often required to make all of the right connections and technologies work. However, there's a lot more than just networking involved in telecommunications certifications and the technologies they cover.

 >> See the Best Telecommunications Certs

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Best Wireless Networking Certifications for 2014

If there's one technical area in networking that bubbles to the top of this active and interesting subject matter, it has to be wireless. With the explosion of mobile devices in the enterprise, wireless networking professionals are more in demand than ever.

>> See the Best Wireless Certs

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Best Computer Hardware Certifications for 2014

Becoming a computer technician is a great point of entry into the IT field and computer hardware certifications will help demonstrate your knowledge and competency in maintaining computers, mobile devices, printers and more. These top 5 computer hardware certs can get your IT career off the ground. 

>> See the Best Hardware Certs

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Best Help Desk Certifications for 2014

Technical support and help desk positions remain traditional points of entry into IT for many people nowadays. One way to make yourself stand out as a help desk professional, is to validate your knowledge and skills through one of these leading help desk certifications.

>> See the Best Help Desk Certs

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Best Project Management Certifications for 2014

Project management certifications have remained on the top IT certification lists for years. Whether you're interested in becoming an IT project manager or want to add project management to the list of your soft skills, these top 5 certs will help you complement your technical skills -- and increase their value.

>> See the Best Project Management Certs

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Best Database Certifications for 2014

Savvy, talented and knowledgeable database professionals are always in demand. Here are the best certifications for DBAs, database developers, data analysis and architects, Business Intelligence and data warehousing specialists.

 >> See the Best Database Certs

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Best Linux Certifications for 2014

Linux certifications for IT professionals working in Linux server environments include an interesting mix of vendor-neutral and distribution-specific credentials from Red Hat, Novell, Oracle and more. Here are the best five Linux certs for 2014. 

>> See the Best Linux Certs

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Best Computer Forensics Certifications for 2014

Computer forensics is one of the more challenging IT disciplines, and certified professionals remain in high demand. Yet computer forensic certifications are stll something of a "wild" frontier. From two dozen available credentials, we list the five best options for 2014.

>> See the Best Computer Forensics Certs

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Best IT Governance Certifications for 2014

CEOs scour the world looking for trustworthy professionals who can see the big picture and lead employees through complex details. That means certified IT governance professionals are in high demand, especially in enterprises that must meet the rigors of compliance while balancing risk against profitability.

>> See the Best IT Governance Certs


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Best Enterprise Architect Certifications for 2014

There are more and more IT Architect certifications available as demand for highly skilled IT professionals who understand IT, enterprise and business architecture grows. Our list of the best enterprise architect certs includes both vendor-neutral and vendor-specific options that will help you get to the pinnacle of the pyramid.

 >> See the Best IT Architect Certs


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Best System Administrator Certifications for 2014

When it comes to managing modern enterprise data centers, there's a long laundry list of tools and technologies SysAdmins need to master. There are also a number of certifications that can help validate knowledge and skills in those areas. Here are the best system administrator certifications for 2014.

 >>  See the Best SysAdmin Certs

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Best Computer Networking Certifications for 2014

IT professionals skilled in the many areas of networking remain in high demand in today's job market. Those who are serious about a career in networking should consider one or more of these best networking certs in order to set themselves apart from the competition and advance their careers.

>> See the Best Networking Certs

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