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Best Mobility Certifications 2018

Best Mobility Certifications 2018
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Mobility has taken IT by storm, forcing management to rethink everything from big-picture infrastructure design to the details of integration among wired and wireless networks. And of course, mobile certifications are following suit in 2018.

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Where applications, networking, infrastructure and security have always played off each other, it has been historically easy to treat each of those elements somewhat standalone, as well. But mobility has turned that view upside down and shifted it sideways. Network engineers need to support local, remote and mobile users and provide proper infrastructure. Application and app development is more heavily slanted toward mobile environments, so security professionals must consider mobility from every angle.

Whatever part of mobility falls in your bailiwick — networking, infrastructure or security — you should find at least one of our top five mobility certifications worth your time and effort.

This year we replaced the CompTIA Mobility+ with the MCSE: Mobility certification. The CompTIA credential retires at the end of 2017, and the MCSE: Mobility is new but already generating lots of traction. We also dropped the Cisco CCNP Wireless in favor of the VMware VCP6-DTM. The CCNP Wireless is a solid certification and highly popular with employers and individuals, but it's geared more toward networking than toward mobility.

Speaking of employers, we've listed the results of our informal search of several online job boards for our top five certifications. These numbers indicate how many postings across the U.S. included each certification in its qualifications or requirements on a specific day. This snapshot gives you a pretty good idea of the relative popularity of the certifications in the marketplace.

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

Certification
SimplyHired
Indeed
LinkedIn Jobs
Linkup.com
Total
ACMP (Aruba)
84
81
71
19
255
AW EM (VMware AirWatch)
106
113
89
40
348
CCP-M (Citrix)
159
168
172
68
567
MCSE: Mobility (Microsoft)
149
154
143
70
516
VCP6-DTM (VMware)
7
7
15
3
32

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

It was challenging to come up with a fifth certification for our top five this year. Although the job board results for the VCP6-DTM are low compared to other featured certifications, VMware's reputation was the deciding factor. Other certifications we considered for fifth place are mentioned in the "Beyond the Top 5" section at the end of this article.

Read on to learn more about our featured certifications for mobility and mobile technologies.