JIRA is a bug, issue-tracking, and project management system developed by Atlassian and commonly used in software development. JIRA has garnered popularity in the tech world, with more and more hiring managers on Dice citing JIRA as a mandatory prerequisite rather than just a "nice-to-have" skill for a position in software development, Melk says.
6. Electrical Engineer
Though it's the only engineering position on the list, it's no surprise that electrical engineers are in huge demand, says Melk. The role deals with the design, programming, application, manufacturing, and operation of electronic or computer systems, and play a huge role in the design and development of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Although, these professionals can work for a wide variety of employers from government contractors to large tech firms and startups, Melk says.
As more companies adopt cloud technology as a solution for storage and data access, as well as cloud-based applications and technology providers, cloud skillsets are in high demand, Melk says. Cloud-based applications are popping up across a variety of industries and the technology is as ubiquitous today as mobile or big data. For that reason, companies are more than willing to open up their wallets for candidates with cloud expertise, Melk says.
Apache Hive is a data warehouse system that analyzes large Hadoop data sets. Hive's popularity is growing in tandem with other big data skills, like Spark and more general big data and data analytics skills, says Melk. While still new to the market, this big data tool is continuing to garner recognition, with companies like Apple and Amazon looking for professionals with a working knowledge of Hive.
Cassandra is another big data/Apache skill that's also used to help store, process, and access large sets of data. Essential to a company's success, professionals with Cassandra experience are well-compensated. In fact,Dice's 2015-2016 annual salary survey found professionals with Cassandra experience to be the second-highest earners on the list, Melk says.
Example career opportunities:
Software Engineer Cloud
Sr. Administrator, Database Cassandra
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