Two Microsoft Titles in Hottest Certs List

MCDBA, MCSA make list of's top 10 list of “Hottest Certifications for 2003.”

Only two Microsoft certifications made the top 10 list of “Hottest Certifications for 2003” for the certification Web site, but that’s not a bad thing, according to the site’s editor.

Of the two titles that made the grade, the MCDBA (Microsoft Certified Database Administrator) was in a tie for the No. 10 spot, and the MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator) came in at No. 8. The MCSE and MCP failed to make the list.

That doesn’t mean they’re not popular certifications, though. In fact, just the opposite is true, according to Becky Nagel, editor of, a site published by 101communications, the same company that owns this magazine.

“The list isn’t about most popular certifications” Nagel says. “We’re looking at the number of readers who hold a certification vs. the number who say they’re going to get that [title] in next 12 months. Very established certifications aren’t going to make the Hot Cert lists. We’re looking at what certifications we think will grow.”

So, should you consider going after one of the top 10 certifications, thinking it will enhance your value in the job market? Nagel doesn’t think so. “You shouldn’t pick any certification because you see it on any kind of list. We think you can see trends from this, and the trends are: No. 1, security’s hot; No. 2, there’s more interest in Linux and/or Unix certification [than in the past]; and No. 3, there’s a renewed interest in certifications with value. The harder the cert, it seems the more value it has. For example, the CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) is No. 1 this year, and it wasn’t even on the list last year.”

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About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Feb 10, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Zambia blows!

Wed, Feb 5, 2003 certman Anonymous

I think certifications are great, however, if you don't take the time to check your English errors before submitting them, then who will take your professional skills serious.

Tue, Feb 4, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Certifications are only paper...You need to back it up with Experience

Fri, Jan 31, 2003 Cinque Anonymous

IT Manager in Zambia requires more skills than that possessed by your typical Reverse-Discrimation poster boy/girl in U.S.A.

Thu, Jan 30, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I think renew Qs every week can make the Qs in invaild already. Just like the past papers. Past papers are needed and good to people because they at least neeed to know how are the Qs like and the Qs that are related to each objective. Renew Qs frequently is the best way to retain the M$ cert value

Thu, Jan 30, 2003 speaking truth Anonymous

MS needs to shut down if we have to get the true value for their ceritifications

Thu, Jan 30, 2003 abc Anonymous

M$ must need to renew the cert Qs every week in order to get back its value.

Wed, Jan 29, 2003 king srilanka

MS certifications are better but some IT ppl don't know what microsoft is !!!@#$%^

Wed, Jan 29, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

MCSA get you an IT Manager post??????

Are you from Zambia?

Wed, Jan 29, 2003 Fred Oz

MCSA is too similar to Pro & server !!! Waste of time !

Fri, Jan 24, 2003 freda Anonymous

Yeah, good one.

Fri, Jan 24, 2003 Johnny Anonymous

i have a great job as a I.T Manager thank to my MCSA

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

u speak englihs ziyam?

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 ziyam srilanka


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