The job market is tough. If you’re a job seeker, you’ve probably realized that by now. So what can you do to help yourself stand out? Professional certifications are one way to significantly improve your chances of landing a job. By obtaining a professional certification you are showing employers that you are an expert at what you do and have the desire to continue your education. As you continue your job search, look into professional certifications in your field. We’ve put together a list of 6 certifications that are in demand below to give you a head start.


1. Project Management Professional (PMP)

The professional project management certificate, administered by the Project Management Institute, has become a job requirement for anyone looking to secure a job as a Project Manager. Obtaining the certificate solidifies your ability to identify and address obstacles that occur in such a role. Best of all, project managers are present in nearly every industry.


2. Professional Sales

You may be interested in pursuing a career in sales coming out of the military but lack the experience most companies are looking for. A professional certification in sales from the National Association of Sales Professionals may be just the stepping stone you need.


3. Personal Fitness Training

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the personal training industry is projected to grow by 13% through 2022. Because the military maintains the importance of physical activity, a career in personal training is a natural transition for many veterans. Many civilians have noticed this connection. Coca-Cola and the National Recreation and Park Association launched the Troops for Fitness program to encourage former military members to launch a career.


4. Foreign Language

Most military members realize the importance of learning a different language, especially those who have deployed internationally. Many civilian occupations, especially those with a customer service focus, share this realization. Obtaining a language certification to display proficiency is an easy way to stand out from the competition.


5. LEED Accredited Professional

It’s no secret that everyone is trying to be green. If you are in the construction industry, a sure way to increase your credibility is to obtain a LEED certificate which shows your technical knowledge in the field and your active participation in green building.


6. Lean Six Sigma

If you are interested in process improvement or manufacturing, this is the certification you’ve been looking for. Sought out by most major companies, those certified with a Six Sigma “belt” are experts in process improvement methods and excel as leaders in the industries.


These are just some of the many available professional certifications that can enhance your career. Take the time to do a little research and identify your next great opportunity. Remember, it is always important to stay competitive.