The Hottest IT Skills are Noncertified

Noncertified IT skills that have seen the highest gains in associated premium pay include:

  • Tcl, SAS, PL/SQL/ WebSphere MQ, and RAD/Extreme Programming/Agile Programming
  • An array of SAP/ERP skills, including NetWeaver Composition Environment, public sector management, plant management, and corporate finance management
  • Systems and networking skills, including WiMAX/LTE, VoIP WAN/3G/4G services, RFID, and routing
  • Product lifecycle management software
  • Business performance management
  • Six Sigma/Lean Six Sigma
  • Security architecture and models
  • Web development skills, including CGI, ActiveX, XML, and Microsoft BizTalk Server, Sharepoint Server, and Commerce Server
  • Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise
  • Unified communications and messaging

The hottest skills out there
In what skills, then, should an IT pro invest his or her time learning? Overall, IT certifications earning the highest pay premiums, according to Foote, include:

  • Oracle Certified Master, Java EE Enterprise Architect (formerly Sun SCEA)
  • Oracle SOA Architect Certified Expert
  • OCM (Oracle DBA Administration Certified Master)
  • Teradata Certified Master
  • PMP (Project Management Professional)
  • Master IT Certified Architect (ITAC/The Open Group)
  • CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst
  • Multiple GIAC security certifications, including GCIH (GIAC Certified Incident Handler), GCIA (Intrusion Analyst), and Secure Software Programmer for .Net and for Java
  • Various Cisco certifications, including CCIE (Certified Internetwork Expert), CCDP (Design Professional), and CCDE (Design Expert)
  • MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect)
  • Three HP systems administration and engineering certifications, including HP Master ASE (Accredited Systems Engineers), HP/AIS (Accredited Integration Specialist), and ASE (Systems Engineer)

Finally, the noncertified skills earning the highest pay premiums include:

  • More than two dozen SAP and business application skills, including SAP HANA (In-Memory Appliance), SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer, SAP CFM, SAP EBP (e-Procurement), SAP BW Accelerator, and SAP PS (Project Systems)
  • Web/e-commerce development skills, including Documentum, Python, Microsoft Commerce Server, .Net, and Sharepoint Server; social networking skills; Oracle Workflow; and SOAP
  • Management, process, and methodology skills, including business process management, business performance management, TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework), information risk management, project management, and quantitative analysis
  • Systems and networking skills, including virtualization, security (DW/BI, ERP, Web, and project assignments), network security management, and wireless network management
  • All forms of Unix
  • Database skills including database management, Oracle DB/8i/9i/10g/11i, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise, Informatica, and Microsoft SQL Server

Highlights from Foote's IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index are available as a PDF and as HTML.

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