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The Role of Professional Certifications in Computer Occupations

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted employment and education in the U.S. and other countries. Experienced and aspiring practitioners within computing occupations need to manage their qualifications with respect to current market needs. Achievement of professional certifications along with formal education, experience, and licenses provides the basis for employment qualifications.

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This article focuses on certifications in the context of the U.S. job market across a range of computer occupations, such as software developer, information security analyst, computer network architect, and Web developer, as described by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Practitioners working outside of the U.S. may find that the market analysis discussed here differs from their own experiences. Analysis of the U.S. market provides context for the discussion of certification attributes to consider when selecting a certification for investment of one's time, reputation, and money.


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