Tech Skills Gaining Speed ( – Excerpt)

Posted on June 30, 2015

Tech employment continues to thrive and outpace job growth in other non-tech-related areas, consistently posting an unemployment rate that’s less than half the national average (3 percent vs. 6.2 percent for Q2 2014). However, given the ever evolving nature of technology, it’s not surprising to find that some tech-related skill sets have done better than others. So which technology skills have ridden the wave to the biggest increases over the past year?

It’s no surprise to see Big Data and other data-related skills leading the pack. After all, data is the life-blood of business. Here are the 5 fastest-growing tech skills, year-over-year, as identified by job boards.

Big Data – Big Data continues to be an ever-bigger deal across industries ranging from pharma to health care, defense systems to video games. The tech professional who can manipulate this data best stands to collect most in the future.

Puppet – The open source IT automation tool of the moment is anything but child’s play. It has gained a foothold with some of tech’s biggest players and Puppet Labs completed a $40 million round of investment funding in mid-June. Dice expects tech professionals with this content management experience to continue to be on hiring managers’ wish lists into the future.

NoSQL- As mobile apps multiply and Big Data and the cloud gain even greater acceptance, NoSQL databases have picked up speed in the marketplace. Professionals savvy in this data management skill enjoy its flexibility, efficiency and agility, which are the very competencies companies look for from the tech pros who are proficient in NoSQL.

Hadoop – As more and more businesses seek to analyze and interpret massive amounts of stored information, this open source Apache framework will continue to gain traction. Hiring managers use job boards to find Hadoop professionals who also have NoSQL and Big Data experience.

Cloud – A recent survey by Intuit predicts that 78 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adopting the cloud by 2020, as compared to 37 percent today. As cloud computing grows, job opportunities should soar as well.

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