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Best Enterprise Architect Certifications For 2017

Best Enterprise Architect Certifications For 2017

Our list of the best enterprise architect certifications for 2017 will help you reach the pinnacle of the IT certification pyramid, validating your skills and knowledge of IT, enterprise architecture and business needs.

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

In fact, many IT certifications in our best certification collection fall outside vendor umbrellas, which means they are vendor-neutral or vendor-agnostic in their takes on IT. This makes sense considering 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, the certifications at the architect level may indeed be worth pondering and pursuing. Enterprise architects are among the highest paid employees and consultants in the tech industry. The national average salary according to SimplyHired is $132,161, in a range from about $98,500 to a whopping $177,000. Glassdoor reports $132,477 as the average. Ultimately, the value of any IT certification to an individual depends on how much time he or she spends toiling in that particular part of the IT patch.

Before you peruse the details of our best picks for 2017, check out the results of our informal job board survey. The 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

SimplyHiredIndeedLinkedIn Jobs
Certified SOA Architect46
Open CA175

Now let's take a look at the top five enterprise IT certs for 2017.

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