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May 27, 2008

According to Foote Partners Q3 2007 survey of IT skills and pay, holders of the following single IT certifications commanded at least a 10% premium in salary over their uncertified peers:

Single certifications earning premiums of 10% to 14% of base pay:
IT Security
• InfoSys Security Management Professional (ISSMP/CISSP)
• Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
• InfoSys Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP/CISSP)
• InfoSys Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP/CISSP)
• Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
SANS/GIAC Security Expert (GSE)
• Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
• Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)
GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA)
• System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)SANS/GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)

Project Management (median value = 10% to 15% of base salary)
• Project Management Professional(PMP)
• IT Certified Architect(ITCA/Open Group)

Single certifications earning premiums of 10% to 13% of base pay:

Networking and Internetworking
• Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
EMC Proven Professional Technology Architect – Expert
SNIA Certified Storage Networking Expert
• Cisco Certified Voice Professional (CCVP)
• Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI)
• Cisco Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA)
• Cisco IP Telephony Operations Specialist
• Brocade Certified SAN Manager (BCSM)
SNIA Certified Architect
EMC Proven Professional Implementation Engineer – Expert
• Cisco IP Telephony Support Specialist
• Avaya Certified Expert
• Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP)


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• Oracle DBA Administrator Certified Master (OCM)
• Teradata Certified Master
IBM DB2 Universal Database Certified Solutions Expert
• Teradata Certified Application Developer

Systems Administration & Engineering/NOS
• HP/Compaq Master Accredited Systems Engineer (Master ASE)
IBM Certified Administrator – SOA Solutions: WebSphere Process Server
• Citrix Certified Integration Architect
• Microsoft Certified Architect(MCA)

Applications Development & Programming Languages
IBM Certified Solutions Developer: WebSphere (all)
IBM Certified SOA Solution Designer
• Oracle Forms Developer Certified Professional (OCP)

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