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10 fastest-growing tech skills

Sharon Florentine | April 30, 2016
Here are 10 in-demand tech skills that IT pros should master, according to research from

Example career opportunities:
Big Data Developer
Big Data Architect


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.

Example job opportunities:
Portal Support Engineer
Developer, Software

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.

Example career opportunities:
ALCS Senior Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineer

7. Cloud

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.

Example career opportunities:
Cloud Support Engineer 
Cloud Specialist

8. Hive

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.

Example career opportunities:
Senior software engineer - Big Data
Senior software engineer

9. Cassandra

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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