CEOs across the world look for trustworthy professionals who can see the big picture. That's why certified IT governance pros are in high demand. Here's what you need to know.
Credit: ShutterstockToday's organizations must keep a careful eye on regulations governing financial accountability, data security and protection, and customer privacy. Add to that the need to minimize risk, maintain profitability, ensure efficiency and meet strategic goals, and presto — there's a lot on your plate.
Because IT plays such a major role in all of these areas, organizational governance extends to IT as well, precipitating a need for serious-minded people who can harness these worlds and meet overarching business goals and mission statements.
IT governance adds structure to the process of aligning IT with business strategies, producing measurable results, meeting regulatory and legal obligations, and ensuring that investments result in positive gains. Several governance frameworks are available to help reach these goals: Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), ISO/IEC 38500 and ITIL.
In this article, we look at five IT governance certifications (in no particular order) that are well known and well regarded across a range of industries. We conducted a search of several popular job boards for the certifications featured here and found no shortage of requests from employers looking for candidates with these best-of-the-best credentials.
We limited the search to the U.S. (With its roots in Great Britain and Europe, ITIL is bound to be in much higher demand "across the pond"). Most of the certifications come with hefty work experience requirements, so suffice to say, these certs are geared toward experts who are leaders in their organizations.
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As far as salaries go, SimplyHired reports an average salary of $62,040 for IT governance, risk and compliance jobs, topping out around $116,000. Risk manager salaries average $104,000, with some salaries reaching $178,000. Glassdoor reports a salary range for IT governance, risk and compliance from $75,000 to $124,000, and risk managers from $103,000 to $138,000.
Let's take a look at the top five IT governance certifications for 2017.
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