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Best Enterprise Architect Certifications 2018

Best Enterprise Architect Certifications 2018
By , Mary Kyle

Our list of the best enterprise architect certifications for 2018 will help you reach the pinnacle of the IT certification pyramid, validating your skills and knowledge of IT, enterprise architecture and business needs.

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Enterprise IT architect certifications appear most often at the apex of certification programs, where less than 1 percent of IT pros ultimately ascend. Even so, numerous IT architect certifications are available, and it isn't necessary to invest in one certification sponsor's vision to make it to such heady certification heights.

Many IT certifications in this area fall outside vendor umbrellas, which means they are vendor-neutral or vendor-agnostic. This makes sense considering that heterogeneity is the rule for most of the major technology niches at play in data centers and global operations everywhere.

Nevertheless, the number of vendor-specific IT certifications exceeds vendor-neutral ones by a factor of more than two to one. That's why we devote the last section of this article to all such credentials as we encountered them in search of the best enterprise architect certifications.

Certainly, for those IT pros who've invested already in vendor-specific certification programs, credentials at the architect level may indeed be worth pursuing. Enterprise architects are among the highest-paid employees and consultants in the tech industry.

The national average salary per SimplyHired is $125,037, in a range from $86,745 to a whopping $180,233. Glassdoor reports $134,751 as the average. Ultimately, the value of any IT certification depends on how much time the individual has spent toiling and in what part of the IT patch.

Before you peruse our best picks for 2018, check out the results of our informal job board survey. Data indicates the number of job posts in which our featured certifications were mentioned on a given day. The data should give you an idea of the relative popularity of each certification.

Job Board Search Results (in alphabetical order, by certification)*

Certification
SimplyHiredIndeedLinkedIn Jobs
Linkup.comTotal
CTA (Salesforce)
17418317
62436
ITIL Master (Axelos)
556
597
16
321
1,490
RHCA (Red Hat)22
30
28
12
92
TOGAF 9 (The Open Group)51156374
254
1,402
Zachman Certified – Enterprise Architect (Zachman)
93101
5162
307

* See our complete methodology for selecting the top five certifications in our Best Certifications series.