Quantitative benefits

79% of professionals who completed a certification confirm tangible impact on their career growth

1.65XPay raise

Certified professionals are almost twice as likely to receive frequent pay-raises than their non-certified peers. 6 out of 10 certified professionals receive a pay-raise within 6 months of completing a certification. The ratio drops to 4 out of 10 for non-certified professionals.

1.65X Pay raise


Nearly three times as many certified professionals are promoted as uncertified employees, and the gap continues to widen. More than 50% of all certified professionals are promoted within the first six months of getting a certification. The number drops to less than 20% for non-certified professionals.

3XResume shortlists

Recruiters are three times more likely to shortlist an applicant’s profile if they have a professional certification to their name. 58% of certified candidates have their profiles shortlisted by potential employers. But at 20%, the number is much lower among non-certified professionals.

2.7X Resume shortlists

Qualitative benefits

80% of professionals see a qualitative improvement in their career with a certification

3XMore confidence

The incidence of improved confidence at work is three times higher among certified professionals when compared to their non-certified peers. This is driven by a stronger work-profile.

3X More Confidence

1.7X Better projects

Certified professionals have an edge over non-certified professionals when it comes to finding fulfillment at work. Over 65% of certified professionals claimed to be satisfied and fulfilled at their jobs. The figure shrinks to 38% for non-certified professionals. In addition, certified professionals also get projects that are more rewarding, indicating confidence in their abilities on the part of the employer.

1.4XImproved workplace

Certified professionals are also more likely to perceive their work environment as being efficient, productive, and amicable. 7 in 10 certified professionals view their work environment as being healthy and conducive. This results from greater respect from peers and superiors. Among non-certified professionals, the figure drops to 5 in 10.

1.4X Improved Workplace

Career benefits in emerging fields

The impact of a certification is more pronounced in emerging fields like Digital Marketing, Big Data, and related areas.

1.57XGreater chances of a pay raise

The ability of certified professionals to get a pay raise over non-certified professionals is 57% higher in emerging fields than it is in mature fields.

1.57X Greater Chances of a Pay Raise

3XLarger pay raise

Certified professionals in emerging fields get pay raises that are three times that of their counterparts in mature fields.

Career specific insights

The following charts illustrate the impact of a professional certification in the most popular emerging fields. The figures indicate the difference in incidence of pay-raises between certified and non-certified professionals.

Domain Specific Insights

How it works

At Simplilearn, we are passionate about our customers, the career impact our courses provide and about data. Career Data Labs is an initiative which is a fusion of all three passions. This is being driven by an in-house team of data scientists who live and breathe numbers. The insights provided are an outcome of the Career Impact Survey conducted by us, with alumni participants from all over the world.

Raw user data is extracted using data mining tools.

Our team of data scientists employs data modeling techniques to give structure to the mined information.

With the aid of powerful analytics models, the structured data is transformed into useful, actionable insights.

Data visualization experts work to supplant the data insights with visual representations for consumption by a larger audience.

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