Top Certifications to Consider While You Upskill for the Digital Age

There’s an old saying that the only two things you can count on in life are death and taxes. In the digital age, I think we can add a third: change. In 2018, change is constant and our careers must be kept in tune with those changes. 

If your career has been built upon technologies or practices that are fading away, it’s time to get reskilled and ready for your next opportunity. The following video and article lists out 10 career fields offering plenty of potential job opportunities and the certifications that can help you to jumpstart or jump ahead in those fields:

Project Management

Project management is critical because it ensures that the right kind of projects are taken up and that they are delivered on time and on budget. A project manager should be able to negotiate reasonable deadlines and milestones across teams, management and the stakeholders. Certifications that can help you move ahead in the field of project management include: 

Cloud Computing

Simply put, cloud computing is computing based on the Internet. Previously, companies had to use software downloaded into a physical computer or server. Cloud computing allows people to work on the same applications through the Internet from different systems. It has been widely adopted and is now used at the majority of organizations worldwide. Certifications that can help you launch or advance a career in cloud computing include: 


Every company needs an efficient and well-maintained computer network even in an age of cloud computing. Certifications that can help you move ahead as a network professional include:

Big Data

Big Data is not a technology, but a practice that helps in analyzing massive amounts of data to improve decision making. As the sheer volume of data increases daily, professionals skilled in Big Data are in demand. Certifications that can help you land a job in this domain include: 

Data Science

Data science is a field that extracts insights from a complicated data. It is the most in-demand job today, with a shortage of data scientists and others trained to work in the field. Certifications that can help you move into this domain include: 

Business Intelligence

Not everyone needs to be at the level of a data scientist to help organizations put data to use. Professionals trained in Business Intelligence (BI) can play an important role in maximizing the use of data without requiring the full scope of training needed to be a data scientist. Certifications that can help you get started in BI include:

Software Development

Changes happen at lightning speed in the world today and software has to keep up, driving a demand for software developers who can build the new apps as needed. Many certifications can help you transition into or move up in the software development field, including: 


DevOps is a practice that helps speed up software development by bringing development and operations together, hence the name DevOps. These skills are a necessity for any business that wants to get and stay competitive in the fast-moving marketplace. Certifications that can help you launch a career in DevOps include:

Cyber Security

With the ever-increasing number of cyber attacks, cyber security is needed for every organization, because every company has information that shouldn’t be compromised. We currently have a shortage of cyber security professionals, making this a wise career option for those interested. Certifications that can help you launch a career in cyber security include: 

Digital Marketing

Businesses only succeed when they have customers who are buying, which makes digital marketing a key part of any business’s operations. As the field of marketing has changed in the digital age, the need for professionals trained in new skills has grown dramatically. Certifications that can help you move into or up in this exciting field include:

Is 2018 the year you give your career a reboot? If so, you have plenty of rapidly growing fields to choose from, including data science, cyber security and digital marketing. Or you can choose to stay in your current field and upskill so you’re ready for the next phase of software development tools or project management best practices. It matters less which direction you choose and more than you choose a direction by reskilling to stay relevant. One of these buzz-generating certifications should help. 

About the Author

Nikita DuggalNikita Duggal

Nikita Duggal holds an honors degree in English language and literature and is working with Simplilearn as a content writer. She is a passionate digital nomad who loves all sorts of writing. In her free time, she is a veteran of poetry and philosophy.

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