8 Professional Certifications In High Demand

jobs with professional certificationBy Larry Buhl

In some fields -- medicine and teaching, for example -- certifications and accreditations are the "entrance ticket" to the profession. In others, certifications may not be mandatory but can significantly improve chances of landing a job, moving up, getting a raise or taking on new responsibilities. The vast majority of professional certificate programs are for people who are already working in a particular field and are not for people with limited work experience or who are just out of high school.
Here are eight in-demand professional certificate programs. Some are industry-specific, while others can help ignite careers in a variety of fields.

1. Professional project management. Project managers can be found in just about any company or industry that has projects, from information technology to construction to government. While PMP certification, administered by the Project Management Institute, is now an expectation for project managers, it has become a bragging right for anyone who might have managerial duties.

2. Foreign language. In many occupations, especially customer service, knowing more than one language can provide a significant career boost. Proving you're proficient in those languages is easier with a certificate of foreign languages. There are many tests and certificates offered through community colleges or distance learning programs.

3. Corporate training. Corporate training is an in-demand business-management specialty that can be lucrative. If you're in management or human resources and want to specialize, move up the company ladder or just want to extend your knowledge and skills, the Certified Professional Trainer degree offered by the American Training and Seminar Association can give you a boost.

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4. Desktop support administration. IT support specialists have a variety of certifications that can expand their portfolio of skills. The Windows operating system, however, is ubiquitous, and even if you're working in a general support position, having a Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Administrator certification can be a big plus. The certification provides the knowledge to install, maintain and manage the Windows 7 desktop operating system.

5. Personal fitness training. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this booming career field is experiencing faster-than-average job growth. In theory, anyone who understands fitness could be a fitness trainer, but having a certificate -- or two or three -- will prove to employers and clients that you know what you're doing. Certification programs are offered by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, National Academy of Sports Medicine and American Fitness Professionals & Associates, among others.

6. Professional sales. You're unlikely to find a college degree in sales, but a variety of certificate programs can give you the skills and experience to prepare for a career selling goods and services. Many of these programs are industry-specific; there are nearly as many professional sales certificates as there are professions, but the National Association of Sales Professionals is a place for sales generalists to get started.

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7. Web design and development. Nearly every business has an online presence. Professionals who design, develop and maintain company websites have many opportunities. For people who don't want to specialize as Web designers or developers, but may occasionally pitch in to help with Web-related tasks, there are many certificate programs. Some even qualify for government financial aid.

8. Certified clinical medical assistant. If you have general skills and experience but don't have the time or money to get a bachelor's or associate degree in a health-care field, there are certificate programs that can provide a boost to your career. A certified clinical medical assistant understands clinical and laboratory procedures, as well as many administrative roles. For those with an administrative background, CCMA programs can be door-openers for working in doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals.

Larry Buhl researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder.com. Follow @CareerBuilder on Twitter.
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Zach Mantle

Getting a PMP certification on your CV increases its value considerably. You can visit www.pmstudy.com to attempt a free test and see if you are ready to take the pmp exam.

November 13 2013 at 5:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the very informative article. A competitive job market calls for new strategies. An effective communicator will also rise above everyone else. Even in jobs like janitor. Workers that know how to influence the people around them end up being exposed to the best job opportunities(the ones that aren't advertised!). Learn great communication skills at The National Association of Sales Professionals: http://www.nasp.com

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March 08 2013 at 1:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

None of this crap really matters, and its not relevant unless you live in the right area of the country. You want a better job or better pay, learn to give up your roots or give up the ground you own and search for a place in the country that pays.

March 06 2013 at 6:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


March 06 2013 at 5:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Try it, but it has been my experience that every time it goes around that a certain area of training results in good middle class jobs so many young people flock into those training programs that a worker surplus is created six or so months later. By the time you train, it's too late, and you're in debt by thousands for training that you may never use, and that will surely go out of date. Also, most training programs require expensive updates that workers may not afford. Add in the updates, and you have a four year education in terms of both expense and time. Good luck with this.

March 06 2013 at 3:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2012 Clark 2012

Most employers utilize workers for short interims of dump em then hire another clown.

March 06 2013 at 3:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Misleading as usual.

March 06 2013 at 12:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It pays in more ways than one to learn a second language- find good places that can train you properly... spanishinatlanta.com

March 05 2013 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dalia's comment

What about German, Russian, Chinese, Greek, French, and or Italian.

I live in Europe and English and German are the most important, and yes Spanish is popular, but they do not learn it for illegals, because that is illogical.

It is so funny, but not funny ha ha--- that Americans allow their country to slip away from them through the Latino invasion

By the way I am an American who learned a foreign language for 12 years before moving to Europe.

I do not expect people to speak English to me at the airport, my doctor's office, at the work place, and or in any other institution.

The USA is being very naive.

March 06 2013 at 5:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I went to college in the 60's and received a degree in Business Administration/Management. At that time it was pretty much a necessity to get a "better" job............but it was not necessary even then to have a GOOD PAYING job or profession. I have many good friends that went on to be very successful without a degree. In many cases those friends went on to be much more successful financially than a good percentage of my college friends. Difference between then and now is........those good friends of mine that did not go to college didn't mind working for a living.

March 05 2013 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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