Study Finds Accredited Online Certifications Increase Salaries by 20 – 40 Percent

Inaugural Simplilearn Career Impact Survey highlights promotions and salary increases among workers who’ve completed certification courses

How Certifications Advance Careers of US Professionals (Graphic: Business Wire)

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.--()--Simplilearn, the largest provider of professional online certification courses, today released results from the company’s first ever, Simplilearn Career Impact Survey. Focusing on salary increases among its 400,000-person user base, the global survey detailed the first three-to-six months following completion of Simplilearn certification courses across several industries. Most notably, more than three quarters of respondents both globally (76 percent) and in the US (77 percent) reported a salary increase or promotion after completing at least one course/certification combination.

“Employees today are focused on beating out the competition and are seeking new ways to get ahead in their careers. Today’s technical careers in IT, marketing and computer science require additional skillsets and knowledge to stay ahead of incoming recruits and other colleagues,” Michael Stebbins, Chief Innovation Officer, said. “The first ever Simplilearn Career Impact Survey highlights this and found that employees who go the extra mile to continue to build on their college degrees, particularly in areas that are in most demand by their employers, do receive upticks in salary, promotions, quality of work done, and quality of work assigned, across several fields and industries.”

Specifically, the Simplilearn Career Impact Survey found:

  • Completion in digital marketing, IT service & architecture, project management and big data analytics certifications were more than twice as likely to receive an increase in salary or a promotion within 6 months versus those that have not received certification (67 percent vs. 33 percent).
  • Of respondents who benefitted from certifications in terms of an increase in salary, 64 percent received an increase of more than 15 percent within six months of certification.
  • Sixty-five percent of respondents who completed certification within the last six months believed they were well placed for a promotion versus those who did not seek upskilling opportunities.
  • Of all the respondents who achieved a minimum 20 percent and up to 40 percent increase in their salary; 70 percent had completed a certification course

“These results are not surprising,” said Sarah Fraser, SVP and Global Director of Learning and Performance, Team Detroit – BlueHive – Hudson Rouge. “Continued professional development is central to ensuring that our team members stay at the top of their game and have the latest skills, specifically in the digital marketing space, which is critical to our business to continually evolve and innovate to meet our clients' ever changing needs. Our organization encourages team members to seek out growth opportunities through online certification courses with Simplilearn and we find they're increasingly confident in understanding the broader business issues, value development opportunities, and are more engaged and prepared to make an impact.”

To learn more about the first Simplilearn Success Survey, visit

About Simplilearn

Simplilearn is the world's largest provider of short-term certification courses that addresses unique learning needs of working professionals. Courses include a variety of topics in the business, technology and design fields, ranging from PMP to Big Data and Analytics and Digital Marketing. With over 400 courses offered, Simplilearn has trained more than 450,000 professionals since its inception in April 2010. With its footprint in over 150 countries, Simplilearn's patrons are assured of up-skilling and re-skilling themselves for faster and surer career growth. Simplilearn's course contents are recognized by more than 40 global accreditors, including PMI, Axelos, Scrum Alliance, Peoplecert, and The Open Group. For more information, visit


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