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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 13)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA has 50 states' worth of IT employment data, EC-Council has overhauled its menu of cybersecurity certification offerings, and more.

CompTIA Has All the States


The new CompTIA Cyberstates report on U.S. IT employment is here.Yesterday was a red-letter day for IT certification geeks in the United States, in particular for those who have an insatiable appetite for employment data. The big, really big, we're talking 50 states big news of the day was the release of Cyberstates 2018 by tech industry association CompTIA. Cyberstates is an annual report of IT employment research conducted by CompTIA across all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. (Sorry, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, etc. Maybe next year.) The data is excellent, viewing the IT employment realm from a multitude of angles. If you work in tech in the United States, or especially if you'd like to work in tech and you want a bird's eye view of the employment landscape, then you'll find lots of great information here. Almost as cool as the report itself, however, is the web app that CompTIA has built to make it searchable. Often reports of this nature are available in a boring old downloadable PDF (sometimes one that's not even searchable). The Cyberstates tool, by comparison, is a robustly parsable thing of beauty. Play around with it even just for a few minutes and tell us we're not right.


Cisco Learning Network Opens Up a Can of Dictionary in Your Face


You know how IT geeks are sometimes accused of never using a 10-cent word when a 50-cent word will do? So this is perhaps a far less egregious offense than some. It's still rather amusing, however, in a confirmatory sort of way, that over at Cisco Learning Network's Unleashing CCDE blog, Cisco functionary Elaine Lopes draws a comparison between Business Analysis and network design by focusing on the word "elicit" (not "illicit;" that's something else altogther) and its adjectival formulation "elicitation" (not "solicitation;" that's something else altogether). Mostly Lopes is talking about the hard labor of thoroughly extracting and assessing the actual needs of your customer before jumping into a network design project and NOT just assuming that you know what will serve them best. It's a solid principle, and Lopes gives a nice formula for doing it right, and therefore creating something that your customers can actually use they way they want to use it.


Microsoft Learning Touts High Placement of MCSE Credential in Salary Survey


It's never a bad time for a tech certification program to suggest to interested parties that individuals can grab a boatload of dough by getting a particular credential and setting off into the IT employment waters. Over at the Born To Learn Blog of Microsoft Learning, Microsoft certification guru Liberty Munson dropped in at the end of last week to comment on the high standing of the Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE) Cloud Platform & Infrastructure credential in Global Knowledge's recently published report of 15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2018. GK lists MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructre at No. 12, pegging it to an average annual salary of $100,656, which is no small potatoes. MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure also made an appearance in the Salary Survey 75 list released by Certification Magazine earlier this year, where it landed at No. 29, with an average annual salary of $127,980.