Saturday, March 10, 2012

How Apple is changing your IT Certifications

For as long as I can remember Windows and Linux based PC’s have been the staple of the technology and business sectors. With the popularity of the iPhone and iPad, Apple is becoming a more prevelent name in the office. As windows based systems are being pushed out the door, so are the certifications that used to equate to higher pay and hireability. Premium pay for certification based jobs has dropped between 4.6% and 6.4% over the last two years, the highest loss being to those with database certifications due to outsourcing to India. So is there no hope for those attempting to prove their knowledge base but have a shortage of work experience? Of course there is…Apple.

Of course the question is, which Apple certifications are the best? Well that depends on what you’re going for. If you work for a company that is considering transitioning to a Mac based workforce, then get the Mac Integration Basics Certification. This certification specializes in integrating a Mac machine into a Windows based network and confronting the issues that may present themselves during the process. Or maybe you’re wanting to change jobs and you’re looking to be valuable to a company that has already made the shift. Then go for the Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT) Certification. A ACMT certification shows prospective employers that you’re not going to get hired and start complaining about how compact and “busy” the inside of a Mac is. You’ve seen it all before!. You could also go with one of the three OS X Lion Certifications offered.