Top 7 Online Certifications That Will Boost Your Income
Top 7 Online Certifications That Will Boost Your Income . Better still without you ever having to set foot inside a classroom as all.
Take a look at the list below and start moving ahead today.
1. Project Management
Aside from IT, project managers work in engineering, healthcare, and construction. They are responsible for overseeing the completion of a project — on budget, and on time. It’s a high-pressure career, but the salary is great and you don’t have to quit your day job to earn your certification.
2. Microsoft Certified IT Professional
My friend Chad, who has a degree in IT, obtained this Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification on his own, reasoning that “I thought it might be helpful.” Upon completion, he showed it to his manager…and was immediately promoted and reimbursed for the cost of obtaining the certification. And you can take more courses and build into Professional (MCITP), Architect (MCA), Professional Developer, etc.”In high-growth industries, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can earn up to $16,000 or more, annually, than their peers.”
An accountant with a Bachelor’s degree can expect annual earnings of $63,550 per year. But what if that accountant passes the licensure exam and becomes a Certified Public Accountant? The licensure exam is very rigorous, but what a difference in income obtaining that license makes.
4. Process Management
The question I get most often in HR about this position is, “What is it that those people DO?” Well, they look at a process, or flow, that isn’t working, reorganize it, and implement it so that things work better. As a rule, they are really good at seeing the “big picture” and being diplomatic about change. Process managers have a governing body and must pass an exam. Earnings are estimated at $79,000 annually. Fortunately, this is another position where you can obtain online certification while keeping your day job.
5. Medical Coder
With the implementation of ICD-10 medical coding, knowledgeable coders are in high demand. Already have your B.A.? Good, because those with Bachelor’s degrees “…out-earned those with only a high school diploma by a dramatic $10,000 per year ($51,825 vs. $41,802).I personally know coders who are able to work from home, which is a nice option if you have a family.
6. Exercise Physiologist
The median salary for a fitness instructor is $40,996. But, obtain certification as an exercise physiologist, and that jumps to $44,470. Perhaps more importantly, though, is that if you are interested in this field, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 19% growth, higher than the average for all occupations.
Have a degree in mathematics? Or, maybe you work in the field of finance, or statistics? The BLS cites median pay in 2012 for actuaries to have been $93,680, with job growth outlook of 26% (much higher than average). Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They often work for insurance companies or in finance. A series of examsmust be passed to obtain certification. It’s not all about number-crunching, though — a good actuary needs the skills to be able to communicate, too.
Remember: Do your research before you leap. Some of these certifications are extremely rigorous and, although likely worth it in the long run, will put a strain on your time. Take a look at job listings to see what employers are looking for.