Offered by the Project Management Institute, the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is not only one of the hottest tickets to a job for project managers, but also IT professionals. It is consistently one of the highest-ranking tech credentials in terms of average salary.
PMP tests individuals in five areas of a project lifecycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. For those with a bachelor’s degree or more, the PMP requires 4,500 hours of project management experience. That figure grows to 7,500 hours for those without an advanced degree.
Worldwide, more than half a million PMPs work in 193 countries.