1. MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)
•Salary Range: $52,000 to $115,000
•Average Salary: $59,000
•MCSA Certification Preparation

Microsoft unveiled the latest crop of new certifications in 2016, driving a large spike in popularity. Earning a 2016 MCSA certification in 2017 will give you a foundation in basic information technology know-how and prepare you for higher Microsoft certifications. We recommend starting with one of these popular certifications:
•MCSA: Windows 2016 Server
•MCSA: SQL Server 2016
•MCSA: Windows 10
•MCSA: SharePoint 2016

2. MCSE: Private Cloud
•Salary Range: $52,000 to $102,000
•Average Salary: $61,000
•MCSE Certification Preparation

If you’ve stepped in an IT department over the last year, you know “cloud” is the buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue. This Microsoft expert certification has been reinvented for the cloud – after only 8 months, the Private Cloud certification is already as popular as the rival CompTIA and CCP cloud certifications. The popularity of cloud computing has increased demand for IT professionals who can build private cloud computing solutions using common technology platforms.

3. PMP (Project Management Professional)
•Salary Range: $65,000 to $93,000
•Average Salary: $86,000
•PMP Certification Preparation

Project management is a classic, foundational skill that evolves with new technologies and will never become outdated. A strong understanding of project management enables IT professionals to plan, budget, manage time, and reduce costs. With many companies reducing staff and seeking more efficient operations, project management skills will make IT professionals more effective and add another dimension to their resumes.

4. VCP (VMware Certified Professional)
•Salary Range: $59,000 to $80,000
•Average Salary: $69,000
•VCP Certification Preparation

Virtualization, or the creation of virtual computing platforms, is used to improve scalability and reduce infrastructure costs in hardware-intensive computing environments. The virtualization industry is young and full of potential, and VMware is the industry leader in both virtualization software and virtual certifications. They are reaching the height of their popularity and their certifications are more valuable than ever.

5. CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
•Salary Range: $65,000 to $111,000
•Average Salary : $80,000
•CISSP Certification Preparation

Organizations must protect their systems, data, and networks, and information security architects are in high demand. With the shift towards storing data in cloud systems, security experts have a vital role to play in ensuring these systems remain as secure as servers maintained in-house. Among the variety of security certifications available, the CISSP certification is highly respected, extremely popular and generally receives the highest average salary. Here is a chart comparing the CISSP to its competitors based on popularity: