The principles learned in Lean Six Sigma not only serve businesses by increasing efficiency and, therefore, also increasing profitability. Gaining a Lean Six Sigma green or black belt certification can also help a professional advance in his or her chosen career field. According to Indeed, the average annual salary of a Six Sigma green belt is $85,000 per year. If one chooses to earn a black belt certification, the annual salary jumps six percent to $91,000 a year. A December 2011 ASQ Salary Survey placed annual salaries even higher for Lean Six Sigma certified professionals — exceeding the annual salary available for most college degrees.

An example of the sort of job one can get with an advanced Six Sigma certification: the electronic manufacturing and technology services company Engent recently hired Andrey Karnauch as its operations manager. Karnauch brings to the company a green belt Six Sigma certification and experience in implementing lean business strategies. The Engent president said of Karnaugh that he signifies a commitment to production services and capabilities to better support customers.

Six Sigma green belt training such as that which is benefitting Karnaugh and Engent can be obtained with an online and offline time commitment of about 100 hours through the Pyzdek Institute. The Pyzdek Institute also offers online Lean Six Sigma certification. Lean Six Sigma combines the policies of Lean and Six Sigma into a comprehensive approach. Pyzdek Institute founder, Thomas Pyzdek, wrote the book that has become the standard manual for Six Sigma training and has developed a certification program that is accepted by employers everywhere.

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