Looking for a way to boost your job qualifications? You might want to consider earning a certification that hundreds of employers nationwide are looking for in their hiring efforts.
If you’re new to the concept, a certification is a credential that shows employers you have a certain skill or knowledge, for example, Microsoft Azure, Basic Life Support, or a specialized welding technique. Certifications may be earned by passing a test and, typically, paying a fee. They are usually sponsored by professional associations or companies that specialize in a technology or field.
When employers develop job postings, they typically include a description of required and preferred qualifications, including certifications. CareerOneStop analyzes millions of job postings on the National Labor Exchange website to collect all the mentions of certifications from job qualifications. When a particular certification is mentioned frequently, it’s categorized as in-demand, or “hot”.
The “Hot certifications” list makes it easy to focus your efforts on the certifications that will probably have the most positive impact on your job search or career advancement.
Some groups that may find earning a certification particularly helpful include:
- Students preparing to graduate or who have recently graduated may want to earn a certification to add an additional marketable credential to their resume, or to qualify for a specific job.
- People who are making a career change may find earning a certification helps them demonstrate their competence or knowledge to employers in their new field.
- Seasoned workers may earn a certification in their field to refresh their credentials, improve opportunities for promotion, or to qualify to seek a new job in their field.
Want to jump to look up certifications available in your field and find out if there are any “Hot certifications”? Enter a keyword or title for your occupation and look for the chili pepper symbol that designates a “Hot certification.” Keep in mind that earning other certifications may also be an asset to your qualifications.
Current “Hot certifications”
CareerOneStop recently completed an updated analysis of job postings and will publish the new “Hot certifications” this month. Below is an advance look at the certifications CareerOneStop has found to be currently the most in demand across the United States, the organizations that sponsor them, and the careers most closely associated with each certification, where applicable.
Note that information technology and healthcare occupations show up frequently on this list; both the IT and healthcare industries have established more certifications than any other industry, and IT generates new certifications frequently as new products emerge.
Top 25 most-mentioned certifications
|Certification name||Sponsoring organization||Related occupation titles|
|CPR Certification||American Red Cross||Relates to a broad variety of occupations, as a skill.|
|Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Experienced Provider (EP)||American Heart Association||Relates to a variety of healthcare occupations, as a specialty.|
|Certified Risk Manager||The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research||Financial Managers|
Treasurers and Controllers
Accountants and Auditors
Financial Risk Specialists
Insurance Sales Agents
|CCNA Certification||Cisco Systems, Inc.||Computer and Information Systems Managers|
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
|AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional||Amazon.com Web Services||Computer Systems Analysts|
Computer Network Architects
|Child Development Associate||Council for Professional Recognition||Social and Human Service Assistants|
|Registered Health Information Administrator||American Health Information Management Association||Medical and Health Services Managers|
Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars
|Certification in Risk and Information Systems Control||Information Systems Audit and Control Association||Information Security Analysts|
|Nationally Certified Medical Assistant||National Center for Competency Testing||Medical Assistants|
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
|AWS Certified Security Specialty||Amazon.com Web Services||Computer Systems AnalystsInformation Security Analysts|
|CCNP Security Certification||Cisco Systems, Inc.||Information Security Analysts|
|CompTIA Server+||Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)||Computer Network Support Specialists|
|Certified Medical Coder||Practice Management Institute||Medical Records Specialists|
|Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant||National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.||Occupational Therapy Assistants|
|Outside Plant (OSP) Designer||Building Industry Consulting Service International||Network and Computer Systems Administrators|
|CCNP Enterprise Certification||Cisco Systems, Inc.||Computer Network Architects|
|Certified Payroll Professional||American Payroll Association||Human Resources Specialists|
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
|Certified Emergency Nurse||Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing||Registered Nurses|
|Phlebotomy Technician||American Society for Clinical Pathology||Phlebotomists|
|Certified Internal Auditor||Exemplar Global||Accountants and Auditors|
|Certified Cloud Security Professional||International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.||Information Security Analysts|
|Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional||Society for Human Resource Management||Human Resources Managers|
Human Resources Specialists
|CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)||Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)||Computer and Information Systems Managers|
|Certified Ophthalmic Assistant||Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology||Medical Assistants|
|PMI Agile Certified Practitioner||Project Management Institute||Information Technology Project Managers|