There’s a growing concern among professionals for certifications. Whether one should go for a certification or not still remains on top of mind of the people who are looking to grow in their career. Are certifications a viable option for those looking to excel in their career? Are they worth the money and time spent on it? Perhaps, they are more valuable and effective than they are thought to be.
An infographic from CredForce suggests professional certifications are a thorough means to build a foundation for a promising career. The infographic depicts the enormous influence certifications can make in a career. Industry-wide, organizations support certifications. About 60 percent of employers take certifications seriously and use it as a means to verify the subject matter expertise of a professional. Among employers, it’s established that –
- Certifications reinforce the credibility of employees—a lack of a more tangible, value-based, and a performance-based asset to verify the professional competence of an employee makes certifications a worthwhile means to judge the credibility of an employee.
- Certifications set a benchmark for necessary set of knowledge — lack of a standard set of skills makes employers slow down the recruiting process. With certifications, it is easier for employers to judge a candidate against a standard set of knowledge.
Further, employers see certifications as a value-drive tool as certified employees perform better at work, learn faster and stay longer in their job than non-certified employees. What’s more, certified professionals are confident, knowledgeable, efficient, and performance-oriented, suggests CredForce infographic titled “Top 4 reasons why you should get certified”.
Given the above reasons, certifications are growing in popularity. The above-mentioned infographic suggests, nearly 3.5 million occupations have certifications. Across all sectors, the professional certification has garnered huge recognition. According to the CredForce infographic –
- Management occupations have 0.58 million certifications
- Computer and mathematical occupations have nearly 0.338 million certifications
- Nearly 0.292 million certifications are available for healthcare professionals
- Business and financial operations and blue-collar occupations have roughly 0.250 and 0.205 million certifications respectively.
Evidently, certifications have become instrumental in acquiring skills and expertise in various occupations. The advent of emerging fields like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science, which lack regular traditional college-like courses and degrees has further boosted the need for professional certification. Mostly because certifications are short-terms courses and deliver required skills in a short span of time, compared to university courses.
Certified professionals earn a better salary than their non-certified counterparts at all levels. For instance, a certified professional with a bachelor’s degree earns 21.18% more than non-certified professional with a bachelor’s degree, according to the Credforce infographic mentioned above.
Similarly, a certified master’s or higher degree-holding professionals earn 14. 82% higher than non-certified professionals.
In the absence of a skill assessment framework for emerging roles, employers are either dependent on work experience or industry-recognized and vendor-neutral certifications to assess a candidate’s competency and fit for the roles. The shortage of talent in these fields has increased employers to relay on professional certifications as well. Today, certifications are more prominent than ever. For both employers and job seekers, certifications are increasingly becoming unavoidable.