The value of knowledge workers is in their skills, their experience, and their education. Knowledge workers cannot easily be replaced by computers, robots, or outsourcing—a rare assurance in today's rapidly changing economy. Knowledge workers can outlast a business because their experience and education retains value even if the company loses its place in the market. Knowledge workers can also take their skills with them, whether changing employers or moving to another state.
The key to becoming a knowledge worker is professional certifications. A professional certification is proof that a worker has achieved a certain level of knowledge. The certification exam is accredited by professional organizations or associations that have an interest in maintaining their professions’ standards. It is a valuation from an unbiased party, so employers can trust the results.
Certifications are used to mark levels of achievement in education, accounting, administration, communications, information technology, healthcare, and many other fields. Often, not having a certification is a barrier to even being considered for a job. Common certifications include:
Certifications also reflect the changing demands of the market. As new jobs crop up, certifications are often the first answer in training people for the new fields. Even in arenas where a certification is not required, it is an asset. Certifications stand out on a résumé, setting an applicant apart. They show not only added knowledge but also initiative and a willingness to work hard for a goal.
At the same time, certifications build self-confidence. They are a tangible achievement and a point of pride.
Walden University offers dozens of degree programs that can prepare you for certification in a variety of fields. Walden’s courses are taught by active professionals in their fields in a convenient and flexible online format. Learn more.