With the fall term underway in the United States and with many undergraduate and graduate students considering internships or thinking about jobs they’ll apply for after graduation, many are asking questions about technical skills and certifications. At Microsoft, we’re frequently asked about the value of Microsoft training and certification for our customers and partners. For companies, they’re a great way to evaluate employees’ skills beyond what a manager might see. And when it comes to the interview process, potential hires can show organizations industry-proven validation of technical skills. But what about college students and recent college graduates who are just entering the workforce? How might Microsoft technical skills be a differentiator for them?
To investigate these questions, we used data from job postings in the United States to examine areas of technical skill growth and demand, in addition to salary data. In an analysis done with Labor Insights, an industry data set from Burning Glass for understanding the job market, the findings are simple: skills and certifications in Microsoft Azure provide a differentiated way to help not only find a job but also to help attain a higher salary than the market average.