Cloud expertise dominates the most in-demand tech skills for enterprises today, according to Skillsoft.\nThe digital-learning company released its 2022 list of top-paying IT certifications, and AWS certs accounted for five of the 15 slots. Two Google Cloud Platform (GCP) certs and one Microsoft Azure cert also made the list.\nThe continuing value of cloud certifications isn\u2019t surprising, but what\u2019s noteworthy is a shift toward multi-cloud skills, said Michael Yoo, customer market leader for Skillsoft\u2019s technology and developer portfolio. \u201cThe increase in importance of Google Cloud and multi-cloud certifications\u2014not just AWS and Azure\u2014speaks to the growing fraction of enterprises that now rely on more than one cloud computing platform.\u201d\nSkillsoft\u2019s list isn\u2019t entirely cloud-centric certifications, however. Three of the top-paying IT certifications fall into the domain of network and systems architects:\n\nNutanix Certified Professional-Multicloud Infrastructure (NCP-MCI)\nVMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV)\nCisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise\n\nThe ubiquity of digital transformation efforts is driving demand for tech skills across the board, Yoo said. \u201cThe fact that cloud computing (and by extension networking and virtualization) is at the heart of most of those digital transformations accounts for the patterns we see in certifications,\u201d he said.\nNutanix certification emphasizes multi-cloud infrastructure\nThe NCP-MCI cert is aimed at validating a person\u2019s ability to complete routine tasks, including deploying and managing virtual infrastructure components, performing operational maintenance tasks, and initiating disaster recovery, according to Nutanix, which offers cloud software and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions. Knowledge objectives include managing Nutanix storage clusters, configuring networking and network security, configuring and remediating system alerts, and managing VM deployment and configuration.\nNutanix\u2019s professional-level Multicloud Infrastructure certification can command an average salary of $147,169.68, according to Skillsoft. The average number of certifications that someone with an NCP-MCI cert has is seven, and the average age of a VCP-DCV holder is 40. Among the survey respondents who have an NCP-MCI, 65% earned it within the past year. A likely job role for these cert holders is a systems architect, and a popular cross-certification for them is the VCP-DCV, Skillsoft reports.\nVMware certifies data-center virtualization prowess\nThe VCP-DCV 2022 certification validates a person\u2019s ability to implement, manage, and troubleshoot a vSphere infrastructure, according to VMware. There are five data-center virtualization certifications offered by VMware: one at the technical associate level, one professional level, two advanced professional certs, and one design expert.\nSurvey respondents with VMware\u2019s professional-level Data Center Virtualization certification earn, on average, $138,349.17, according to Skillsoft. The average number of certifications that someone with a VCP-DCV cert has is nine, and the average age of a VCP-DCV holder is 41. Among the survey respondents who have a VCP-DCV, 75% earned it within the past year. A likely job role for these cert holders is a systems architect, and a popular cross-certification for them is the NCP-MCI.\nCisco\u2019s CCNP Enterprise validates routing and switching expertise\nCisco\u2019s network certification lineup underwent a major overhaul in 2020, and one of the big changes is that Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certs now include specialization options. One of those specializations is CCNP Enterprise (formerly CCNP Routing and Switching), and that\u2019s the cert that made Skillsoft\u2019s ranking.\nThe core exam for CCNP Enterprise focuses on topics such as dual-stack (IPv4 and IPv6) architecture, virtualization, infrastructure, network assurance, security, and automation, according to Cisco. Concentration exams focus on topics such as network design, SD-WAN, wireless, and automation.\nThe average salary for someone with a CCNP Enterprise certification is $133,568.33, according to Skillsoft. The average number of certifications that someone with a CCNP Enterprise cert has is eight, and the average age of a CCNP Enterprise holder is 44. Among the survey respondents who have a CCNP Enterprise, 58% earned it within the past year. A likely job role for these cert holders is a network engineer, analyst or technician, and popular cross-certifications for them are CompTIA\u2019s Security+ and Network+ certs.\nCybersecurity skills pay off\nThree cybersecurity certifications also ranked among the most lucrative. ISACA\u2019s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and its Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certs made the list, along with (ISC)\u00b2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).\nSkillsoft\u2019s 15 top-paying certifications\nSalaries climb above $150,000 for some top-paying certifications, according to Skillsoft\u2019s ranking. Here\u2019s the full list of 15 top-paying certifications plus their average salaries:\n\nAWS Certified Solutions Architect-Professional: $168,080.36\nISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM): $162,347.07\nGoogle Cloud Platform (GCP) Professional Cloud Architect: $161,371.46\n(ISC)\u00b2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): $158,190.79\nAWS Certified Solutions Architect-Associate: $155,019.97\nAWS Certified Security-Specialty: $149,740.74\nProject Management Institute\u2019s Project Management Professional (PMP): $148,290.32\nNutanix Certified Professional-Multicloud Infrastructure (NCP-MCI): $147,169.68\nMicrosoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert: $142,975.98\nGCP Cloud Digital Leader: $142,707.86\nISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA): $142,336.58\nAWS Certified Big Data-Specialty: $138,403.51\nVMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV) 2022: $138,349.17\nAWS Certified Cloud Practitioner: $135,612.16\nCisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise: $133,568.33\n\nThe list of top-paying certifications is based on survey responses to Skillsoft\u2019s 2022 IT Skills and Salary Survey. Roughly 2,500 IT professionals in the US participated. To be considered for the list, a certification must have received at least 50 US survey responses. Skillsoft weighed relevance, demand, and certification requirements in its analysis. Salaries are not normalized for cost of living or location.