Government jobs are perhaps not looking completely secure right now; talk of a government shutdown isn’t encouraging, after all. But government workers (and candidates) can increase their value by holding a security clearance, and a recent study identified the connections between security clearances and certifications.
Evan Lesser, the founder and managing director of ClearanceJobs.com, wrote in an official report, “Certifications help security cleared candidates demonstrate their skill in a particular technology. Interestingly, more than one-third (38%) said not only did their certification make them a contender, it helped them land a new job.”
So ClearanceJobs.com and Dice.com set out to see what certifications technology professionals with some sort of security clearance tend to hold. The number one answer was CompTIA’s Security+ certification, logically enough. About 21 percent of security-cleared professionals participating in the survey held it.
Then A+ and Network+ landed the number two and number three spots, scoring responses of about 10 percent each.
Next came Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
Finally, there was Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA).
IT pros should perhaps see what they can do to get these certifications before seeking government jobs.
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