Need a Job? These In-Demand CompTIA Certifications May Help You Get There

by Amy L. Hamblin | Jan 25, 2017

The classifieds section of a newspaper showing the most in-demand CompTIA certificationsMore than 5.2 million IT jobs contributed to the U.S. economy in 2016, with an additional 2 million new job postings throughout the year. Peruse those posts, and you’ll find three CompTIA certifications specifically cited as job requirements in thousands of listings: CompTIA Security+, CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+. Employers who seek qualified IT professionals want ones with the proven technical skills and knowledge that CompTIA certifications provide.

CompTIA Security+

According to Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, nearly 27,000 job postings in 2016 specifically required applicants have CompTIA Security+ certification, a global benchmark for network and operational security. Demand for this certification reflects a constantly increasing need for secure networks and risk management in businesses and organizations worldwide.

In response to CompTIA’s IT Career Insights Survey, 93 percent of IT professionals said they regularly work with security and cybersecurity technology. Even more importantly, according to CompTIA’s Common IT Employability Skills study, 62 percent of hiring managers in the United States indicated that candidates “must have” these skills to be considered for the job. Hands-on and strategic involvement with security technology makes CompTIA Security+ certification, as well as the forthcoming CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification, a vital part of an IT career, whether you want to enhance your skills for an existing job or apply for a new one.

A chart depicting how many job posts listed CompTIA certs as a requirement in 2016CompTIA A+

More than 23,500 job postings in 2016 required applicants to have CompTIA A+ certification. Validating the IT skills required by the most common hardware, software and operating systems while remaining vendor neutral, CompTIA A+ has long been a foundational certification for IT professionals.

Employers need and trust that job candidates with CompTIA A+ certification understand computing fundamentals, support complex IT infrastructure and keep equipment running smoothly around the world.

CompTIA Network+

Finally, more than 18,000 jobs posted in 2016 required CompTIA Network+ certification, a vendor-neutral, worldwide networking accreditation that validates an IT professional’s ability to design, configure, manage and troubleshoot both wired and wireless networks. Considering 92 percent of IT professionals in the United States worked with this technology in 2016, CompTIA Network+ is a valuable certification for almost any job applicant.

Although most online job postings do not specifically list IT certification requirements, employers know IT pros with CompTIA certifications are more capable of succeeding in their careers.

When accreditations are preferred, CompTIA Security+ is the fifth-most-requested certification in job postings, behind Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Project Management Professional and Cisco IT certifications. CompTIA A+ and Network+ ranked 8th and 11th, respectively, according to the Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights study.

Clearly, CompTIA professional certifications set job candidates apart in a competitive and constantly growing job market—one the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to grow 12 percent in the network and computer systems industry over the next seven years.

Thinking about getting CompTIA certified? Read more about which certification is right for you and take our quiz.


  • Darwin dela Cruz

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    Good Day! I am very interested in getting an A plus Certificate, can you please tell me how to get it?My country of residency is Philippines.I am currently working as an Electronics Technician and would like to upgrade my career to IT. Thank You! Hope to hear from you soon..

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Hi, Darwin! Thanks for your comment. That's great that you'd like to get your CompTIA A+ certification! You can learn about the exam, download sample questions and exam objectives, find training and sign up for your exam on the CompTIA A+ page: PearsonVUE has testing centers in the Phillippines, so hopefully you can find one near you. Good luck!

  • Ernesto

    Monday, December 4, 2017

    Hi! I am Sec+ certified and can find 0 jobs... And I would literally accept anything anywhere.

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