Being a Certified Microsoft Professional- Yay! Or Nay!

Do you believe when Microsoft says, “In high-growth industries, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can earn up to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers?” Certification, training, and experience are the three main areas that provide better recognition to a person when it comes to promotions and incentives. It’s time to analyze the power of certification and unleash the perks of being a certified professional.

Perks of being a certified Microsoft professional

  1. Boosts your credibility score: Microsoft says the future’s high wage, high growth industry requires knowledge of Microsoft Office and companies would want to hire the best for such jobs. According to Microsoft, 86%of hiring managers indicate that they prefer job applicants having an IT certificate. So, a relevant certification highlights your expertise and makes your resume stand out!
  2. Recognized Standards: 64%of IT managers prefer Microsoft certification to other certifications for the simple reason that these certification has an industry-wide recognition and demand. If you have earned your Microsoft Certification, you can access a number of benefits that can be found on the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) member website.
  3. More skills equals more money: IT professionals holding Microsoft certifications are among the most well compensated for their areas of expertise. According to a 2013 report by Global Knowledge and Tech Republic, workers with an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) credential earn an average of $88,149 per year, and those with an MCSA in Windows Server 2008 bring in $82,649. Some companies even offer bonuses for such certifications.

Thus, the value of the certification in getting you hired in the first place cannot be overstated.