In Hollywood, stars who have a big movie coming out often tour through various print, broadcast, and online media outlets, making headlines — and occasionally making waves — to generate interest among moviegoers. Emma Watson, star of the soon-to-open Walt Disney Studios live action remake of Beauty and the Beast, got her name in the news this morning following the release of an interview and cover shoot for Vanity Fair magazine that includes a few mildly provocative photos.
Life is not nearly as glamorous if you're a hard-working, um, certification instead of a famous Hollywood celebrity. Every so often, on the other hand, even an ordinary IT certification can stumble into the tech world's rough equivalent of a glamorous magazine profile. You could argue, after all, that Certification Magazine is sort of the same thing, at least in the IT certification realm, as Vanity Fair. A certification, of course, doesn't have a big movie project to promote (at least not until Jake Slater finally finishes his ITIL: Fear and Desire screenplay), but there are other reasons to sometimes capture the spotlight.
Before this analogy becomes so tortured that there are audible screams of agony, maybe we should just say it: TestOut's very own PC Pro certification turned up last month in the Deep Focus series at CertMag.com that spins off from the annual Salary Survey 75 list. A new concept, Deep Focus uses data from the survey to paint a picture of the people who hold a given certification.
Visitors to CertMag can learn things like the typical educational achievement of a PC Pro-certified individual (25 percent of them have bachelor's degrees), or their most common workplace status (47.1 percent are rank-and-file employees, compared to just 8.7 percent who are managers). Most PC Pro holders (more than 75 percent) are in the first few years of their IT careers, though slightly more than 10 percent have worked in tech jobs for more than a decade.
There's also information about what sort of salary you can expect to earn (average annual income is slightly north of $50,000), and even how effective and impactful PC Pro holders have found their training to be. For example, 49 percent of survey respondents said that they use skills "several times a day" that were "learned or enhanced" by earning a PC Pro credential.
Would you like to get a certification that comes in handy "several times a day" at your workplace? That's pretty highly effective job training. And given a price tag of just $79/month, if you complete your PC Pro training in an entirely reasonable three months, then you could get certified at a total cost of not quite $250. You've probably already spent more than $250 in 2017 just to get premium cable TV programming.
There's a better way to spend your money: Get started on PC Pro today.