In continuing our evaluation of data from our skills watch, the next area of exploration is certifications. Much has been written over the years about the positives associated with obtaining a certification, and the effects it has on ones career trajectory. With that being said, the most important piece of the equation is whether or not corporations are putting the same value on that certification. Beside a desire for knowledge, one wants to know if that accreditation will result in a positive return on investment. After all, a lot of the certifications in existence do not come cheap.
In a nutshell, the data shows that in fact there is not an increase in postings requiring certifications over the last couple of years. As one can see below, if it were graphed, it would be a little bit of a roller coaster ride. But, if anything, there appears to be less demand for most certifications as time goes on. It almost appears to be a feat of strength if a certain certification can just maintain the level of interest over the years: