ZDNet: Two recently released reports seem to tell opposite stories about the importance of IT certifications. First, a Foote Partners report found that pay for non-certified skills rose 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter, while pay for certified skills dropped 0.9 percent. But a CompTIA survey found that 64 percent of IT hiring managers rate IT certifications as having extremely high or high value in validating skills and expertise.
Why the disconnect? Experts say that having certain certifications or skills keywords on your resume will get you through HR to an interview with the hiring manager. However, hiring managers are looking for quantifiable results listed on your resume (for example, "Lowered operational costs more than $200,000"), and that type of information can help applicants get hired and earn higher salaries.