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5 Hot Microsoft Certifications

Microsoft certifications act like a catalyst for your career and job opportunities. Whether you are new to the industry, a professional wanting that competitive edge, or simply wish to gain industry recognized credentials for the skills you already have, a formal certification in Microsoft technology can help. Microsoft certifications continue to be popular with employers and job seekers alike.

Microsoft offers a number of certifications across a wide variety of IT sector domains such as Windows Developer, Web developer, Database, Networking, Security and more. While Microsoft certifications in general are in demand, uCertify has identified the most popular ones based on industry news and our independent market analysis.

1. MCTS Windows 7
Windows 7 Configuration certification is the hottest certification on Windows 7 technology. This certification is likely to be in great demand, as Windows 7 is adopted more widely. It has been designed for professionals who have a thorough knowledge of installing, managing and configuring Windows 7 including new features such as security, network, and applications. We predict it will be in high demand for those who wants to build their career in Windows 7 and related technologies.

Level: Beginners, Intermediate

Targeted job roles: System Administrators, Network Administrators, or Technical Support Specialists

Exams:
70-680 – MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring

For more information on this exam please visit Windows 7, Configuration Certification

2. MCTS Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
MCTS Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is the most demanding certification in .NET Framework 3.5. It is intended for professionals who have a thorough knowledge and expertise in .NET Framework 3.5. There are three certifications which a professional can opt for based on his expertise, namely MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 Web Applications, MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Applications and MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 Distributed Applications. This certification is a pre-requisite for the more advanced Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification.

Level: Advanced

Targeted job roles: Web Application developer, Windows developer, Enterprise software developers etc.

Exams:
70-536-CSHARP -C# .NET Framework Application Development Foundation

70-562-CSHARP -C# .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development

For more information on this exam please visit MCTS Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

3. MCTS SQL Server 2008
MCTS SQL Server 2008 is the hottest and most demanding certification in the database sector. This certification has been designed for professionals who have a thorough knowledge in implementing and maintaining SQL Server 2008.The candidates who want to pursue this certification must have in-depth knowledge of using T-SQL statements, and carrying our day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting of databases using the SQL Server 2008.

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Targeted job roles: Database administrators, Database developers, or Business intelligence developers

Exams:

70-432 MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation

70-433 MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development

For more information on this exam please visit MCTS SQL Server 2008

4. MCTS Windows Server 2008
MCTS Windows Server 2008, Configuration certification is a more advanced certification on the Windows Server 2008 technology. This certification is an excellent choice for those wanting to build a career as network administrator. The MCTS: Windows Server 2008, Configuration certification has been designed for professionals who have a thorough knowledge in installing, managing and configuring Windows Server 2008 including new features such as security, network and applications.

Targeted job roles: System administrators, Network administrators, or Technical support specialists

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Exams:

70-640 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory

70-642 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

For more information on this exam please visit MCTS Windows Server 2008

5. MCPD Certification
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) credential is for those candidates who want enhance their skills and ability using Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework to excel in a specific domain. It is the most popular and in demand Microsoft certification in recent years.

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Targeted job roles: Windows developers, Web developers, Enterprise developers etc.

Exams:
70-549-CSHARP – MCPD: C#.NET 2.0 Enterprise Application
70-547-CSHARP – Designing Web-Based Applications C#.NET

For more information on this exam please visit MCPD Microsoft Certified Professional Developer