After taking a look at three different reports on the number of Microsoft certified IT pros in the industry, I have noticed a slowing of certification growth rates. Does this simply reflect a slow economy, or is there less interest in MS certs in general? I think it's a little of both. The October and June data in the table below comes from Microsoft; April numbers are from MCP Magazine.
A tale of three snapshots
|Oct. 1, 2002||April 7, 2003||June 1, 2003|
|MCSE NT 4.0||N/A^||N/A||393,575|
* Counts only individuals who hold no other MS certs
^ Counts only Windows NT 4.0 based credentials, new number as of 5/03
~ Applies only to Windows .NET; reporting begins 11/02 for MCAD, 4/03 for MCSD
What do these numbers say? Here are my observations:
It will be fascinating to watch the growth rates of .NET and Windows Server 2003 credentials over time, too, because they'll show how fast (or slow) these technologies and platforms gain market share. Look for another set of numbers and analysis in about six months!
Ed Tittel runs a content development company in Austin, Texas, and is the series editor of the Que Exam Cram 2 and Training Guide series. He's worked on many books on Microsoft, CompTIA, CIW, Sun/Java, and security certifications.