Big data means big paychecks.
Ninety percent of the top 10 highest-paying IT skills involved big-data-oriented languages, databases and skills, according to Dice's 2014 Tech Salary Survey.
The top 10 and their average salary:
1. R - $115,531
2. NoSQL - $114,796
3. MapReduce - $114,396
4. PMBok - $112,382
5. Cassandra - $112,382
6. Omnigraffle - $111,039
7. Pig - $109,561
8. SOA - $108,997
9. Hadoop - $108,669
10. Mongo DB - $107,825
“Companies are betting big that harnessing data can play a major role in their competitive plans and that is leading to high pay for critical skills,” notes Dice President Shravan Goli. “Technology professionals should be volunteering for big data projects, which makes them more valuable to their current employer and more marketable to other employers.”
While all IT careers remain hot and enjoy a low unemployment rate, developers and programmers continue to be in the highest demand.
"This data just reinforces it's a better job market for developers and data professionals," he says. "Those tech professionals can write their own ticket and create the career they want."
U.S. News & World Report's annual 100 Best Jobs list placed Software Developer at #1 for 2014, the first tech job to ever to take the top spot. Web developer was the third-highest ranking tech job and #9 overall.