By Tim Wilson
Nov 04, 2009
IT professionals are placing their bets on security as they plot their
next career moves, according to a new study published earlier today.
The survey of more than 1,500 IT workers, which was conducted by the IT
trade association CompTIA, found that 37 percent intend to pursue a
security certification over the next five years. Another 18 percent of
IT workers said they will seek ethical hacking certifications during the
same time period, while 13 percent identified forensics as their next
"Given the growing reach of security, with threats becoming more
pervasive and dangerous and with no business or industry immune to those
threats, it makes sense that many IT professionals view this as a
must-have for career advancement," said Terry Erdle, senior vice
president, skills certifications for CompTIA.
Other technology areas where survey respondents said they will seek new
certifications over the next five years include green IT, healthcare IT,
mobile and software-as-a-service.
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 resumes. An identical 88 percent said personal growth is a major
or minor reason in their decision to pursue a certification.
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