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Business Objects Certified Professional Average Salary

by Dana Severson

Business objects certified professional, or BOCP, isn’t really a profession as much as it is a certification. Earning this designation underscores an IT professional’s ability to design, program or modify software in manageable pieces. Essentially, he builds the architecture of software in layers so, as certain parts of a business change or grow, the software associated with it can be modified without affecting the computer applications used for other aspects of the business. For example, the application used for invoicing clients isn't affected when changes are made to the application used for business transactions. IT professionals with a background in business objects often earn more than their colleagues. Even in the same position, BOCP-holders tend to garner higher salaries.

Salaries for Developers

Developers design computer programs based on a business’s needs, planning how each piece of an application works together. In 2012, this IT professional averaged $93,280 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With business objects skills, salaries are roughly 7 percent higher than average. A survey by Robert Half Technology, a national recruiter for IT professionals, found that application developers started at $100,580 to $139,100 with this skill set. Mobile application developers with BO skills earned $99,243 to $142,845 to start.

Salaries for Analysts

Analysts look at a business’s needs and make recommendations for computer programs based on their findings. They understand how certain IT systems can improve efficiency, productivity and effectiveness. In 2012, computer systems analysts averaged $83,800 a year, according to BLS. With BO skills, systems analysts could start anywhere from $77,575 to $110,745 annually, revealed the Robert Half survey. Customer relationship management, or CRM, business analysts, who work with computer systems associated with customer relations, brought home starting salaries of $81,320 to $110,745 with BO skills. Enterprise resource planning, or ERP, business analysts, who work with business management software, started at $84,798 to $116,898 with BO skills.

Salaries for Management

IT managers plan and coordinate all computer-related activities for a business. They oversee both developers and analysts to ensure all IT needs are met. As of 2012, these IT professionals averaged $129,130 a year, according to BLS. If they have a background in BO, IT managers start out at anywhere from $101,918 to $144,450. IT project managers, on the other hand, earned $89,345 to $132,680 to start.

Career Outlook

BLS expects employment opportunities for software developers to grow by as much as 30 percent from 2010 to 2020. Though not as good, computer systems analysts should see an employment growth of 22 percent during this same time. Both growth rates are better than that of IT managers, who can expect a growth of 18 percent over the course of a decade.

About the Author

Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Dana Severson has been writing marketing materials for small-to-mid-sized businesses since 2005. Prior to this, Severson worked as a manager of business development for a marketing company, developing targeted marketing campaigns for Big G, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, among others.

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