15 best entry-level IT certifications to launch your career

IT certifications can verify your knowledge in various skillsets, boost your pay, and set you apart from other entry-level candidates. Here are 15 entry-level certifications worth pursuing.

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The Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification certifies your skills in implementing, monitoring, and administering IT infrastructure in alignment with the industry’s best practices as established by the (ISC)². The certification is best suited for network security engineers, systems administrators, security analysts, systems engineers, security consultants, security administrators, systems and networks analysts, and database administrators.

To qualify, you need at least one year of work experience in one or more of the seven domains, which includes access controls, security operations and administration, risk identification and monitoring, incident response and recovery, cryptography, network and communications security and systems and application security. If you don’t have the required experience, you can take the exam to become an Associate of (ISC)². If you pass, you will have two years to complete the one year of required experience. You may also qualify to take the exam if you have a related degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent in computer science, computer engineering, computer systems engineering, management information systems, or information technology. It’s a great place to start if you want to add cybersecurity skills to your expertise.

Exam fee: $249

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