Earn certifications to boost your career

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.

In-demand certifications

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 nameSponsoring organizationRelated occupation titles
CPR CertificationAmerican Red CrossRelates to a broad variety of occupations, as a skill.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Experienced Provider (EP)American Heart AssociationRelates to a variety of healthcare occupations, as a specialty.
Certified Risk ManagerThe National Alliance for Insurance Education and ResearchFinancial Managers
Treasurers and Controllers
Accountants and Auditors
Financial Risk Specialists
Insurance Sales Agents
CCNA CertificationCisco Systems, Inc.Computer and Information Systems Managers
Database Administrators
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
AWS Certified Solutions Architect – ProfessionalAmazon.com Web ServicesComputer Systems Analysts
Computer Network Architects
Database Administrators
Child Development AssociateCouncil for Professional RecognitionSocial and Human Service Assistants
Childcare Workers
Registered Health Information AdministratorAmerican Health Information Management AssociationMedical and Health Services Managers
Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars
Certification in Risk and Information Systems ControlInformation Systems Audit and Control AssociationInformation Security Analysts
Nationally Certified Medical AssistantNational Center for Competency TestingMedical Assistants
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
AWS Certified Security SpecialtyAmazon.com Web ServicesComputer Systems AnalystsInformation Security Analysts
CCNP Security CertificationCisco Systems, Inc.Information Security Analysts
CompTIA Server+Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)Computer Network Support Specialists
Certified Medical CoderPractice Management InstituteMedical Records Specialists
Certified Occupational Therapy AssistantNational Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.Occupational Therapy Assistants
Outside Plant (OSP) DesignerBuilding Industry Consulting Service InternationalNetwork and Computer Systems Administrators
CCNP Enterprise CertificationCisco Systems, Inc.Computer Network Architects
Certified Payroll ProfessionalAmerican Payroll AssociationHuman Resources Specialists
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
Certified Emergency NurseBoard of Certification for Emergency NursingRegistered Nurses
Phlebotomy TechnicianAmerican Society for Clinical PathologyPhlebotomists
Certified Internal AuditorExemplar GlobalAccountants and Auditors
Certified Cloud Security ProfessionalInternational Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.Information Security Analysts
Society for Human Resource Management Certified ProfessionalSociety for Human Resource ManagementHuman Resources Managers
Human Resources Specialists
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)Computer and Information Systems Managers
Certified Ophthalmic AssistantJoint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in OphthalmologyMedical Assistants
PMI Agile Certified PractitionerProject Management InstituteInformation Technology Project Managers
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