Top Programming Certifications in 2014
Certifications in IT systems programming and the associated programming languages are some of the most sought after in the entire IT world. With no less than 450 different programming languages available to professionals today, it can be difficult to know which certifications are worth spending time and money on. Programming certifications are usually either focused specifically on programming language, or focused more on common platforms used to programmer systems, such as adobe platforms. One entry-level certification focused on programming languages is the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) from Microsoft, which is Microsoft’s foremost certification for programmers and covers four different credentials in one.
This certification focuses on the Zend engine, the core system used for PHP scripting, although language-focused qualifications are available from Zend too. PHP knowledge is highly in demand and this certification is a great entry point to a niche area of web programming. For all of the development and programming tools Adobe produce, they also provide a wide range of certifications to match, such as the Adobe Certified Expert for Developers (ACE Developers) certification. This focuses on Adobe tools Flash, Flex and LiveCycle and teach experienced developers how to programmer, build and maintain applications using the Adobe interfaces. Adobe certified programmers are always in high demand, especially in jobs which include web application, web-based gaming or media in their commonly required tasks, as they demonstrate a widely applicable and highly valued skill set.
Approximately half of all programming jobs advertised today require applicants to be familiar with Java, and so having a certified knowledge of it will definitely be a step up on the career ladder for any IT professional considering a future in commercial software development, in-house software development and web design.
This area of IT certification boasts a huge range of options, from very specific certifications in areas such as Android and iOS application programming and Teradata, to more vendor-neutral ones such as mobile applications development and web programming.When pursuing a career in programming, be sure to consider your choice of certifications extremely carefully to make sure they suit your future career goals and current skills as best as possible.