Bloomington, MN, Dec. 11, 2014 – US information technology (IT) professionals who attain certifications are more likely to experience immediate career benefits than those in the rest of the world, according to new research conducted by Pearson VUE.
The survey of over 30,000 IT exam candidates in 184 countries around the world found that IT professionals located in the US are 35 percent more likely to see career benefits immediately upon obtaining certification than the global average.
The global survey targeted IT professionals who had taken a certification exam in the past two years. Nearly two-thirds of US IT professionals took a certification exam to improve their professional profile, and of those nearly 70 percent said they experienced a positive impact on their professional reputation.
The survey also found a commitment to ongoing professional development, with nearly 90 percent announcing they are likely to take a certification exam and over 60 percent plan to undertake further instructor-led training in the following year. Additionally, nearly 40 percent of certification exams were paid for by employers, indicating that companies are continuing to invest in their labor force.
"Our research shows that US IT professionals place a high value on training and certification,” said Bob Whelan, Managing Director of Pearson VUE. “The world of IT is evolving at a rapid pace, and respondents know the impact that credentials have on their careers both in the short and long term.”