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As a person functioning in some sort of IT capacity you probably already have a certification from an organization like CompTIA, CISCO, Red Hat, or Microsoft.  These field specific certs are an excellent way for you to “prove” that you are fluent within those areas and are an excellent tool for career advancement.  One certification that is not in that list of notable IT certifications but is gaining popularity within the field is project management certification.  Project management certification has been around for a long time but until recently, it has not been on the radar of any techie for career advancement and placement.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics for the U.S. Department of Labor, job outlook for information system managers who have project manager credentials is expected to grow by 18% compared to 14% for those project managers not operating in an IT environment. Also, out of the 15 advertisements for IT project manager jobs currently listed on job board, 11 require or prefer some sort of project management certification. With the increase requirement for certification, many schools have started designing project management programs specifically for the information technology manager.  Although there are many training programs available, only those recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) are eligible to train for the coveted PMI certification.

So, if you want to expand your career beyond swapping parts, writing code, and/or configuring network devices; consider a certification in project management.  A project management certification is an excellent way to set yourself apart from your peers and expand your opportunities.



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