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The 18 Highest Paying IT Industry Certifications in 2016 – Canadian Edition

The 18 Highest Paying IT Industry Certifications in 2016 – Canadian Edition

The 18 Highest Paying IT Industry Certifications in 2016 – Canadian Edition

 

Introduction: Canadian IT Industry Facts

Before we get to the IT certifications and salary ranges, we want to highlight the growing demand for more professionals in this this industry. There is a real pressing shortage of IT professionals in Canada, and the world (we reported on the world-wide shortage of IT professionals here earlier this year).

Salaries in this industry are very generous, and rising faster than almost every other industry. According to Robert Half Technology, IT salaries in Canada are rising at an average of 5.1% annually.

Accordingly, job qualifications are also increasing, creating more demand for certification programs and higher skilled professionals.

If there was ever any doubt about the importance of the IT Industry in Canada today, the facts show just how important it really is.

There were about 811,000 information communication and technology professionals employed in Canada at the end of 2015, according to the IT Labour Market Outlook 2015-2019 produced by the Information Communication Technology Council (ICTC)

While these numbers ~seem~ high, it also calculates that Canada will require an additional 182,000 qualified IT professionals by 2019—to fill positions for information systems analysts and consultants, computer and network operators, Web technicians, software engineers and others.

“The latest innovations in ICTs – in particular the Internet of things (IOT) as well as social, mobile, analytics, apps and cloud (SMAAC) – have become drivers of innovation, productivity and growth,” the report said. “…It is projected that the availability of homegrown ICT talent will not be sufficient to meet these hiring requirements.”

A particular concern is the small number of youth opting for ICT careers. As the current workforce ages, the void does not seem to be filling with younger workers entering the industry. This could become a chronic issue over time.

What this all means is that due to skills mismatch, retirements, and other exits—demand-supply imbalances will affect some job positions more than others.

Some of the higher-demand occupations identified by this report are:

  

  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Computer and network operators and web technicians
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Software engineers
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Medium demand occupations include:
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Web designers and developers
  • Computer engineers
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • User support technicians
  • Systems testing technicians

 

For more information, you can read the entire ICT’s (Information and Communication Technology Council) report here: Labour Market Outlook 2015—2019 The Smart Economy Reshaping Canada’s Workforce.

 


 

The 18 Highest Paying IT Industry Certifications

About IT industry certifications, we thought it would be interesting for job-seekers and others to see what kind of positions they could lead to. Or if your company is looking to hire some talent soon, you might want some ideas of what certification requirements and salary ranges look like in Canada today.

We couldn’t possible cover every certification program and IT-related job here, but we do report on some of the top paying and trending certifications and positions popular here in Canada. What’s interesting is the wide range of IT positions each can lead to.

Before we get to those top IT designations lower down on this page, we’ll show you our list of the 42 TOP PAYING IT POSITIONS first.

All IT position, certification and salary details reported here are for Canada, in 2016 Canadian dollars and rounded to the nearest $500.

 

42 of the Top-paying IT Positions in Canada

 

IT & CORPORATE ADMINISTRATION

POSITION

SALARY RANGE

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

$165,500 - $245,000

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

$149,000 - $219,000

Chief Security Officer (CSO)

$147,000 - $235,000

VP Information Technology

$159,000 - $235,000

Technology Director

$123,000 - $167,000

Information Technology Manager

$109,000 - $153,000

  

IT NETWORKING

POSITION

SALARY RANGE

Network Architect

$64,500 - $161,000

Wireless Network Engineer

$104,000 - $136,000

Network Engineer

$93,500 - $123,000

Network Manager

$50,000 - $122,000

  

DATABASE ADMINISTRATION

POSITION

SALARY RANGE

Data Architect

$116,000 - $160,500

Database Manager

$110,500 - $156,000

Data Warehouse Manager

$105,000 - $150,500

Data Warehouse Analyst

 $98,000 - $138,500

Data Modeller  

 $98,000 - $138,500

Business Intelligence Analyst

 $94,500 - $127,000

Database Developer

$96,000 - $126,000

Database Administrator

$90,000 - $120,000

Data Analyst/Report Writer

$78,500 - $110,000

  

IT SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

POSITION

SALARY RANGE

Senior IT Auditor

$119,000 - $184,000

Senior Project Manager

$103,000 - $157,500

Senior Solutions Architect

  $84,500 - $156,500

IT Auditor

  $94,500 - $123,000

Senior Systems Engineer

  $67,000 - $118,000

  

IT SECURITY

POSITION

SALARY RANGE

Data Security Analyst

$105,250 - $157,250

Information Security Manager

  $80,000 - $152,500

Network Security Engineer

$106,000 - $142,250

Network Security Administrator

  $98,500 - $138,500

Information Security Specialist

  $53,000 - $124,000

  

APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT

POSITION

SALARY RANGE

Project Manager

$99,750 - $154,750

ERP Technical Developer

$107,500 - $152,500

Applications Architect

$115,750 - $151,500

Mobile Applications Developer

 $100,000 - $143,500

ERP Business Analyst

 $100,000 - $132,000

Business Systems Analyst

   $95,000 - $130,000

CRM Technical Developer

   $93,500 - $126,000

CRM Business Analyst

   $92,500 - $120,000

Developer/Programmer Analyst

    $85,000 - $125,000

Systems Analyst

    $84,500 - $113,000

  

WEB DEVELOPMENT

POSITION

SALARY RANGE

Senior Web Developer

$100,250 - $132,000

Web Developer

$76,750 - $105,000

Web Designer

$78,000 - $106,000

 


  

Top-paying IT Certifications in Canada

 

 Where to Start

Choosing an area, taking classes and getting certified can almost guarantee a good paying job in the IT sector in Canada today. Coupled with a university degree and a few years of experience can put your career on a fast-track to a richly rewarding career path.

But even without a degree, there are plenty of unfilled entry-level positions waiting for new professionals entering this field. Demand is high, the more professional certifications you acquire, the more higher-paying positions you will qualify for.

It is not uncommon in the IT industry for the highest paying jobs to be filled by professionals with four, six or more professional certifications, along with several years working experience across two or more related positions.

Other varying pay factors include where in Canada you live, and the type of company or organization you work for.

 

18 Top Paying IT Certifications for Canada in 2016

 

Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)

Typical salary range for Certification

   $62,000 - $110,500

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) Certification

   Software Developer

   Senior Software Engineer

   Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer

   Software Engineer

   .NET Software Developer / Programmer

 

Learn more here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/learning/mcsd-certification.aspx 

 


  

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

Typical salary range for Certification:  

   $45,000 - $122,500

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

   Network Engineer

   Sr. Network Engineer

   Network Architect

   Network Specialist

   Telecommunications Network Engineer

 

Learn more here:
http://www.cisco.com/c/en_ca/training-events/career-certifications.html

 


  

Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

Typical salary range for Certification:

$76,000 - $157,000

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Certification in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

   Information Technology Director

   Senior IT Project Manager

   Information Systems Analyst

 

Learn more here:
http://www.isaca.org/certification/crisc-certified-in-risk-and-information-systems-control/pages/default.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISACA

 


  

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation

Typical salary range for Certification:

   $69,000 - $157,500

 

Typical positions for professionals with an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation

   Project Manager, Information Technology (IT)

   Information Technology (IT) Manager

   Senior Project Manager, IT

   Information Technology (IT) Director

   Business Analyst, IT

  

Learn more here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITIL

 


  

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Typical salary range for Certification:

   $81,500 - $127,000

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification

   Information Security Manager

   Senior Security Consultant

   Security Consultant (Networking/ Information Technology)

   IT / Security Director

 

Learn more here:
http://www.isaca.org/certification/cism-certified-information-security-manager/pages/default.aspx

 


 

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Typical salary range for Certification:  

   $83,000 - $$148,000

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification

   Network Security Engineer

   Network Security Specialist

   Systems Security Architect

   Data Security Analyst

   Security Auditor

 

Learn more here:
https://www.cissp.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Certified_Information_Systems_Security_Professional

 


  

IT Project Management Professional (PMP)

Typical salary range for certification:

   $58,500 - $157,500

 

Typical positions for professionals with IT Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

   Senior IT Project Manager

   IT Project Manager

 

Learn more here:
http://www.pmi.org/certification.aspx

 


  

Certified Information Systems Auditor

Typical salary range for certification:

   $58,500 - $119,000

 

Typical positions for professionals with Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

   Information Technology (IT) Auditor

   Senior Information Technology (IT) Auditor

   Senior Auditor

   Internal Auditor Directory

   Information Security Manager

 

Learn more here:      
http://www.isaca.org/certification/cisa-certified-information-systems-auditor/pages/default.aspx

 


  

CCIE Routing and Switching

Typical salary range for Certification: CCIE Routing and Switching (CCIE)

   $65,000 - $123,000

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification:

   Network Engineer

   Sr. Network Engineer

   Systems Administrator

   Technical Support Engineer

 

Learn more here:
http://www.cisco.com/c/en_ca/training-events/career-certifications.html

  


  

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

Typical salary range for Certification: Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

   $45,000 - $122,500

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification:

   Network Engineer

   Sr. Network Engineer

   Network Architect

   Network Analyst

   Network Specialist

 

Learn more here:
http://www.cisco.com/c/en_ca/training-events/career-certifications.html

 


 

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Typical salary range for Certification

   $59,500 - $116,000

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

   Network Administrator

   Network Engineer

   Information Technology (IT) Manager

   Systems Administrator

   Network Analyst

 

Learn more here:
http://www.cisco.com/c/en_ca/training-events/career-certifications.html

 


  

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

Typical Salary range for Certification

   $38,500 - $108,500

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

   Systems Administrator

   Information Technology (IT) Manager

   IT Consultant

   Network Administrator

   Senior Technical Consultant

   IT Manager

 

Learn more here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/learning/mcitp-certification.aspx

 


  

Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)

Typical salary range for certification: Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)

   $61,000 - $107,500

 

Typical positions for professionals with a certification in Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)

   Cisco Networking

   Network Management

   Network Administration

   Network Design

   IT Management

   IT Security & Infrastructure

   Virtualization

 

Learn more here:
http://www.cisco.com/c/en_ca/training-events/career-certifications.html

 


  

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Typical salary range for Certification: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

   $42,000 - $108,000

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification

   Security Consultant (Computing/Networking/Information Technology)

   Information Security Analyst

   IT Security Administrator

   Security Analyst

 

Learn more here:
https://www.theknowledgeacademy.com/ca/courses/certified-ethical-hacker-training/

https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Certified_Ethical_Hacker


 

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

Typical salary range for Certification: Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

   $42,044 - $103,008

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certification

   Software Developer

   Systems Administrator

   Information Technology Manager

   Network Administrator

   Senior .NET Developer/Programmer

 

Learn more here:       
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/learning/microsoft-certified-professional.aspx

 


  

CompTIA Network+

Typical salary range for Certification:

   $34,500 - $98,000

 

Typical positions for professionals with a CompTIA Network+ Certification

   Network Administrator

   Systems Administrator

   Support Technician, Information Technology (IT)

   Information Technology Manager (IT)

   Information Technology (IT) Support Specialist

 

Learn more here:
https://certification.comptia.org/

 


  

Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNPP)

Typical salary range for Certification: Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNPP)

   $42,000 - $11400

 

Typical positions for professionals with a Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNPP) Certification

   Network Engineer

   Network Administrator

   Network Analyst

   Sr. Network Engineer

   Network Specialist

 

Learn more here:
http://www.cisco.com/c/en_ca/training-events/career-certifications.html

 


  

VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Typical salary range for Certification: VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

   $52,072 – 94,639

 

Typical positions for professionals with a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) Certification

   Systems Administrator

   Information Technology Architect

   Information Technology Manager

   Network Administrator

   Systems Analyst

 

Learn more here:
http://mylearn.vmware.com/portals/certification/

 


 
Conclusion

If you're looking to change careers, or quickly improve your skills and income, any of these certifications are a good place to start. In this industry, related skills in the same, or even different areas, can help expand your growth opportunities.

For companies, if you want to hire good IT professionals make sure you are hiring with the right qualifications for the position. The salaries posted here show you what kind of pay good certified candidates will expect. However, even the best offered salaries today won’t guarantee you’ll find the right skills you need in light of the current skills shortage.

Managed IT Services

This explains why managed services are another one of the fastest-growing areas in North America. Everything from fully managed services to managed network security, managed antivirus and managed backup services are available to companies and organizations today. Follow this link here to learn more.

 

Researched and published exclusively at Netcotech Network Solutions (www.netcotech.com)

Sources: Wikipedia; Payscale Human Capital; Robert Half Technology; Canadian Information processing Society (CIPS); Information Communications and Technology Council (ICTC-CTIC); ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association)

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