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How to Become an Information Quality Certified Professional

How to become an Information Quality Certified Professional

Do you aspire to change the manner in which the business world perceives IT and information in general? Then you should consider becoming an information quality certified professional. This career gives you the ability to demonstrate your aptitude to bridge business and IT and lead your business into the world of mobile and social content. Additionally, you help organizations uphold high quality information.

What Do Information Quality Certified Professionals Do?

Duties performed by information quality certified professionals include but are not limited to:

  • Researching, developing, implementing, testing and reviewing a company’s information security to protect it and curb illicit access
  • Enlightening users on security measures and explaining potential threats
  • Installing software
  • Implementing security measures and monitoring networks
  • Assessing the implications of technological advances and system modifications
  • Reviewing systems to find out potential security weaknesses and recommending improvements to correct vulnerabilities
  • Implementing changes and documenting upgrades
  • Building and maintaining the databases that businesses depend on to obtain information to serve their customers
  • Directing technological research by taking a closer look of the organization goals, practices, strategies and user projects

Salary

Information quality certified professionals wear several hats and go by various titles depending on their expertise and area of practice. Below is the summary of the IT professionals’ earnings by job. 

Job

Annual Salary

Senior Systems Administrator

$59,184 - $110,003

Information Technology Specialist

$39,254 - $90,743

Sharepoint Administrator

$55,097 - $118,359

Support Technician, (IT)

$26,500 - $73,947

Help Desk Technician

$26,322 - $57,422

Source: Payscale

Skills

The career of an information quality certified professional requires you to have the following imperative qualities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Aptitude to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent decision making and judgment skills
  • High concentration levels
  • Resilient mentoring and leadership skills
  • Flexibility and strong character
  • Outstanding relationship management skills
  • Excellent influencing skills

Qualifications

Typically, candidates who aspire to practice as information quality certified personnel need to secure a bachelor’s degree in a technical specialty. This can be a degree in any of the following fields but the list is not exhaustive:

  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Mathematics

To increase your prospects in this field, you need to pursue a degree program that focuses on computer science coupled up with humanities studies. Job prospects for those who have earned a master’s degree in management of information systems are even brighter. Many employers prefer candidates who have served for at least a year in the field of data testing or data quality management.

For you to serve in this position, you need to be certified. This certification gives you a worldwide professional recognition in the data/information quality discipline. It shows that the professional has met and endured eligibility measures addressing training, education, knowledge, skills and the experience required for competence. Those who proceed to pursue doctoral and PhD programs can serve in senior roles such management and training of other information quality certified professionals.

Career Prospects

Information quality certified professionals are normally placed high in any organizational hierarchy.  This is because they are able to impact various departments and must be able to work together with teams in each level of organization. The BLS projects a 15% growth of job opportunities for computer and information systems managers. However, there are more openings resulting from the need to reinforce cybersecurity in information technology departments.

If you want to join the next trend of information management mavens, this career is meant for you!

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