A Shift in Data Use Priorities
Jobs that require a statistical background are growing drastically, with career resource site icrunchdata reporting 28,305 positions that specifically requested stats experience, compared with approximately 16,500 three years ago. In another realm, requests for jobs that include some range of skills tied to big data have increased 63 percent in the last 12 months.
Big Data, Big Pay
According to Dice.coms annual survey of more than 15,000 tech professionals, data hires who regularly use Hadoop, NoSQL and MongoDB are paid north of $100,000. Other hot trends get much less: cloud and virtualization positions get about $90,000 and mobile IT managers are closer to $80,000, according to the IT hiring firm.
Less Compensation for Certifications
While still receiving more money, skills with certification continued an overall decline since 2007, when a premium was paid for such skills, according to an analysis of IT certifications by Foote Partners. Segments bucking this trend were database certifications, systems administration and engineering certifications, and application development and programming certifications. On the other hand, non-certified IT skills have garnered increases in pay for 27 of the last 33 calendar quarters, the firm noted.