Certifications are everywhere if you work in the IT industry. Depending on how you look at it, getting certified could be either a waste of money or the best investment you ever made.
Wisebread rounded up the "7 certifications that add big to your salary," and two of them are tech-related: Project Management and Microsoft Certified IT Professional. The MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) or MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certificates could earn entry-level employees up to $16,000 more, Wisebread's article notes.
The cost for a project management certification costs about $5,600 at UC Berkeley, but salary averages $89,000 for entry-level jobs, according to the site.
Of course, there are lots of other IT certification programs and you'd need to do the math yourself to decide if it's worth it for you, but if it's a small investment for a large salary, worth a consideration at least.