The Value of Earning a Certificate in Computer Science

By Staff Writer Published on August 31, 2011

While traditional college degrees have an important role in providing an education that increases subject knowledge and develops general aptitudes such as communication skills and strategic thinking, certifications provide hands-on technical skills and knowledge that enable employees to succeed without a long on-the-job learning curve.  With certifications, employers can be confident that employees actually have the knowledge they need to do their job.  Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) certifications boast numerous benefits.  They bolster resumes, encourage higher salaries, and assist in job retention.

But which IT certifications are best?  The best IT certification for you, after all, is likely to be different from that for another technology professional with different education, skills, and goals working at a different company in a different industry.  For that reason, when pursuing any professional accreditation, you should give much thought and care to your education, experience, skills, goals, and desired career path.

An article written by Erik Eckel puts together a list of the accreditations he believes currently hold value for IT professionals.  While the list may not include the 10 best accreditations for you, it does catalog 10 IT certifications that possess significant value for a wide range of technology professionals.  You can check out the detailed list at –

  1. MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional
  2. MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  3. Security+ – CompTIA’s Security+
  4. MCPD – Microsoft Certified Professional Developer
  5. CCNA – Cisco Certified Network Associate
  6. A+ – CompTIA’s A+
  7. PMP – Project Management Professional
  8. MCSE/MCSA – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer / Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
  9. CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  10. Linux+ – CompTIA’s Linux+

Author Bio:
Thomas Santa Maria is the Associate Dean of Computer Science for the Online Division of Stevens-Henager College. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems Management, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Technology Management.  His area of specialization is data mining, data analysis and executive decision support systems.  He has over 15 years of networking and programming experience.  In addition to his experience in the technology and healthcare, he also holds certifications as a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and several application certificates as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).  You can follow his computer science tweets @thomsantamaria