Survey: IT workers eyeing security certifications

A survey of IT workers finds that more than half will pursue security-related certifications within five years.
Written by Sam Diaz, Inactive

A tough economy and new technologies has led to some pretty substantial changes for IT departments. As the IT landscape continues to evolve, IT workers are also looking at their next moves.

A survey of more than 1,500 IT workers found that more than half are eyeing security-themed certifications over the next five years while others will pursue new certifications in green IT, healthcare IT, mobile and software-as-a service.

The survey, conducted by CompTIA, found that 37 percent of the respondents will be pursuing a security certification over the next five years, with 18 percent seeking ethical hacking certifications and 13 percent interested in forensics. From the CompTIA statement:

Economic advancement and personal growth are key drivers for seeking IT certifications, the CompTIA study also reveals. Eighty-eight percent of certification holders indicated they pursue a certification to enhance their resume. An identical 88 percent said personal growth they pursue a certification. IT workers are willing to invest the time and resources necessary to advance their career by adding new certifications to their credentials. On average, candidates for an IT certification spend 44.5 hours studying and preparing to sit for an exam; and approximately one in three individuals spend 60 or more hours preparing. Fifty percent of IT certification holders pay for the exams themselves, while 38 percent rely on an employer to cover the exam fee.

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