As a professional in the nuclear power industry, you probably have already considered what training and certifications you need to grow within this field. Depending on your job, you might be certified in specialties such as Coating Inspection, Radiation Protection, and Safety. But there are several more general certifications that apply broadly to this career. Here are some certifications that you may not have yet considered.

General IT Certifications

General IT certificates such as the Linux Professional Institute certification (LPIC-Level 3), the EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certification, the CompTIA Server+ certification, and the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification have shown to increase the value of an employee to an employer. As an IT professional, it’s worth having at least one certification to show your level of expertise in the industry. This makes you more desirable to employers and makes you more capable of making a substantive impact within the industry as well.

Security Certifications

Cyber security has quickly become a necessary line item for all businesses working in the modern world. Because of that investment, companies are looking for the talent that will help protect them from the dangers of cybercrime. More businesses are looking to expand their security offerings and internal processes, and in turn, that is driving up the value of security certifications.

The three security certifications that employers are most keen to hire talent with include:

  • GIAC Enterprise Defender (GCED)
  • GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst (GCFW)
  • EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)

According to a survey done by Foote Partners LLC, employers are willing to boost pay for these certifications by up to 50 percent of their previous offerings in the past year alone.

Project Management Certifications

Project Management Professional (PMP) is one of the top certifications on the market, which requires handling of projects related to all aspects of planning, implementing, and finalizing a project. PMP is the root certification designed to prepare holders to handle and control projects from an organizational standpoint. Certification holders can adapt their learnings to different market segments, locations, and industries. With a PMP certification, you can find yourself making up to 17% more in salary than your non-certified competitors.

Alternatively, consider getting certified as a Master Project Manager by the American Academy of Project Management. This certification is closely focused on the importance of project completion.  It takes 3 years to complete the whole certification and finish the work that the Academy requires. But at the end of the certification, individuals are also offered a master’s degree along with the qualification. Or you could become a Certified Project Manager. A CPM is another commonly accepted form of project management certification. The program completely focuses on the advanced skills needed to become an accomplished project manager. It is one of the best courses in which several skills can be learned, such as communication, resource management, risk evaluation, and so on.  The main objective of the CPM program is that you can take the skills and activate them in your real-world work environment.

To take the next step in your career, certification is an excellent option to consider. Keep in mind that there are several certification programs on the market, but what works best for you and your experience only you will be able to tell. Connect with the team at ESGI for more information on how you can grow your career in energy.

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