Top 10 Highest Paying IT Certifications in 2020

What is the best way to prove that you know something? That’s easy, obtain a certification on your specialty from a reputed source so that you have a credential to prove what you say. Certifications are very useful as they can boost your value in the market, lead to higher salary offers and provide a tangible proof of your competency and knowledge in a subject.

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So in this article, we have shared the Top 10 highest paying certifications in 2020. These certifications were originally reported by Global Knowledge, which is a famous IT and business skills training provider. The estimated salaries after obtaining each certification are a result of cumulative hard work, having the relevant skills, as well as a certification demonstrating those skills. So let’s see these certifications now!

1. Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect — $175,761

A Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect is a person who can handle Google Cloud Technologies. This cloud architect can design and handle scalable and secure cloud technologies to provide value addition for their company. To pass the exam for becoming a Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect, you need to be able to design and plan cloud solution architecture and make sure your designs are compliant with the security policies. Moreover, you need to demonstrate enough talent to handle the implementations of cloud architecture that are optimal for business processes.

This multiple-choice exam has a length of 2 hours with a registration fee of 200 USD. You can take the exam in English or Japanese language with an option for an online exam or onsite exam as well. While you don’t need any prerequisites for taking this exam, it is recommended that you have at least 3 years of industry experience with 1 year exclusively dedicated to the management and handling of Google Cloud Technologies.



2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate — $149,446

The Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect is a person who is experienced as a Solutions Architect and well versed in creating fault-tolerant, scalable and cost-efficient systems on Amazon Web Services. If you want to clear the AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam in order to obtain this certification, you should be knowledgeable about the networking, computing, storage, and database AWS services. Moreover, you should have an understanding of the architectural principles, security features, and network technologies in creating systems on the AWS Cloud.

This multiple-choice exam has a length of 130 minutes with a registration fee of 150 USD. You can take the exam in English, Korean, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese language with an option for an online exam or onsite exam as well. While you don’t need any prerequisites for taking this exam, it is recommended that you have some hands-on industry experience to pass this exam with flying colors.

3. CISM – Certified Information Security Manager — $148,622

The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification is provided by ISACA which is an international professional association with a focus on IT governance. This certification demonstrates experience in IT program development and management, risk management, incident management, information security governance, etc. This basically aims to move your career from the technical IT side to the management side of things. The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification is extremely helpful in proving your expertise or demonstrating your knowledge in the realms of Information Risk Management, Information Security Governance, Information Security Program Development and Information Security Incident Management.

This exam has a registration fee of 575 USD for those that are members of ISACA and 760 USD for non-members. You can take the exam in English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese language with an option for an online exam or onsite exam as well. Also, your eligibility for the exam is checked when you apply for the exam registration and it is valid for twelve months.

4. CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control — $146,480

The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification is provided by ISACA which is an international professional association with a focus on IT governance. This certification demonstrates experience in managing and handling Information Technology risks after identifying them and implementing information systems. The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification is extremely helpful in proving your expertise or demonstrating your knowledge in the realms of IT Risk Assessment, IT Risk control, monitoring and reporting, IT Risk Response and Mitigation as well as IT Risk Identification.

This exam has a registration fee of 575 USD for those that are members of ISACA and 760 USD for non-members. You can take the exam in English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese language with an option for an online exam or onsite exam as well. Also, your eligibility for the exam is checked when you apply for the exam registration and it is valid for twelve months.

5. PMP – Project Management Professional — $143,493

If you are a Project Manager then this Project Management Professional certification is for you. And even if that is not your official designation, if you have completed projects successfully, still the Project Management Professional certification informs everyone that you are proficient in managing projects. This certification is offered by the Project Management Institute and you need to have a four-year degree, three years experience in leading projects and 35 hours spend in project management education or training or otherwise the CAPM Certification.

This multiple-choice exam has 200 questions with a registration fee of 405 USD for those that are members of PMI and 555 USD for non-members. The exam has 5 domains namely Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing for Projects.



6. CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional — $141,452

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification is provided by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)². This is a nonprofit organization that is also called the “world’s largest IT security organization”! The CISSP is basically for security professionals such as Chief Information Security Officer, Security Systems Engineer, Security Analyst, Security Manager, etc. so that they can demonstrate their mastery over their field.

This multiple-choice exam has a length of 3 hours with around 100 to 150 questions. You need to score 700 out of 1000 points to achieve a passing grade and you can take the exam in English only. Moreover, you need at least 5 years of full-time work experience where you are in a paid position in 2 or more of the 8 domains of the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge. These domains include Identity and Access Management, Security Assessment and Testing, Security and Risk Management, Architecture and Engineering, Asset Security, Security Operations, Security  Communication and Network Security, and Software Development Security.

7. CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor — $132,278

The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is provided by ISACA which is an international professional association with a focus on IT governance. This certification demonstrates experience for those who audit, monitor, control, and otherwise manage the IT and business systems of any organization. The  Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is extremely helpful in proving your expertise or demonstrating your knowledge in the realms of Governance and Management of IT, Protection of Information Assets, Information System Auditing process, Information System Operations, and Business Resilience, and Information systems Acquisition.

This exam has a registration fee of 575 USD for those that are members of ISACA and 760 USD for non-members. You can take the exam in English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese language with an option for an online exam or onsite exam as well. Also, your eligibility for the exam is checked when you apply for the exam registration and it is valid for twelve months.

8. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner — $131,465

The Amazon Web Services Certified Cloud Practitioner is a person who has an adequate understanding of the AWS cloud in general, which is obtained through usage. If you want to clear this exam in order to obtain this certification, you should be knowledgeable about the AWS cloud architecture, global infrastructure, value proposition, security model, important services, etc. In fact, if you want to earn an Associate or Specialty certification in Amazon Web Services, then the Certified Cloud Practitioner is a very important beginner certification.

This multiple-choice exam has a length of 90 minutes with a registration fee of 100 USD. You can take the exam in English, Korean, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese language with an option for an online exam or onsite exam as well. While you don’t need any prerequisites for taking this exam, it is recommended that you have a minimum of six months’ experience with the Amazon Cloud Services in any capacity.

9. VCP6-DCV: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization — $130,226

The VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization certification is offered by VMware to candidates so that they can demonstrate their expertise in the vSphere V6.7 infrastructure and prove that they can handle implementation, management and troubleshooting easily. It’s best if professionals have some VCP certifications if they want to attempt this exam, otherwise they need to gain experience with vSphere 6.7, attend VMware vSphere training courses, pass one of the foundation exams and then pass one of the Professional Data Center Virtualization Exams.

This single and multiple-choice exam has a length of 120 minutes with 85 questions and a passing score of 300. You can take the exam in English, and Japanese while the exam format is a proctored exam. The exam price is 250 USD.

10. ITIL Foundation — $129,402

The ITIL originally stood for Information Technology Infrastructure Library and it specifies IT service management (ITSM) practises that bridge the gap between IT services and business requirements. This ITIL Foundation certification allows professionals to demonstrate their knowledge of the ITIL framework and Service Management along with various concepts from Agile, Lean, DevOps, etc. and why they are necessary in business. Basically, the ITIL certification shows mastery over the total development model of tech products and services which includes their creation, delivery and continuous improvement in the future.

This multiple-choice exam has a length of 60 minutes with overall 40 questions. You need to obtain at least 26 marks out of 40 to pass the exam, which is 65%. The exam can take the exam in English and Japanese language with a cost of 314 USD in America.




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