When you have the right tech skills, you can command a great salary. But it’s an ever-changing target. One day a skill is hot and the next it’s not. Job site “Dice”just sent us a list of tech skills that are worth over $100,000 a year. And that’s just salary — a new job might also net you bonuses, stock options and the like.
1. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is worth almost $101,000. Software-as-a-Service or SaaS is a relatively new model for buying software. Instead of buying it and installing it, a company pays a fee to use it over the Internet.
2. Data Warehouse is worth $101,000. A data warehouse is a giant database of information. It might include a list of every product ever sold for years.
3. Change Management is worth $101,000. Change management is systematized approach to dealing with constant change.
4. Azure is worth $101,000. Azure is Microsoft’s cloud for hosting apps.
5. Nginx is worth more than $101,000. Nginx is free, open-source, high-performance software for running a Web site and handling email.
6. Business Intelligence is worth almost $102,000. Business Intelligence is the latest buzzword meaning “analysis.”
7. HP-UX is worth more than $102,000. HP-UX is Hewlett Packard’s version of the Unix operating system. While the Linux operating system has slowly been replacing Unix in the data center, there are still customers that use Unix, particularly for big mission critical apps.
8. Weblogic is worth more than $102,000. Weblogic is a technology owned by Oracle for running apps written in the Java language (also owned by Oracle). Java is very popular, particularly for Web apps.
9. Unified Modeling Language (UML) is worth more than $102,000. This is a visual language for turning complex software designs into an easier-to-understand diagram.
10. Kanban is worth more than $102,000. Kanban is a method for managing software development projects through a visual tracking system. It often looks like a bunch of stickie notes on a board but it can be a sophisticated method for project management.
11. SOX is worth more than $102,000. SOX (which refers to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002) is a law regulating how companies disclose financial information.
12. PeopleCode is worth more than $102,000. PeopleSoft is a human resources application that was acquired by Oracle in 2005 in one of the most bitter hostile takeovers in software history. PeopleCode is a programming language used to write custom apps for PeopleSoft.
13. Waterfall is worth more than $103,000. The waterfall model is another method for designing software. This one sees the design process as if it were flowing steadily through several steps, like a waterfall.
14. Scrum is worth at least $103,000. Scrum is a method for managing complex projects.
15. FCoE is worth more than $103,000. Fibre Channel is a way to connect computer storage devices together. Fibre Channel over Ethernet is a way to use the Fibre Channel technology with Ethernet cables.
16. Lean is worth more than $103,000. The “lean” enterprise is a buzzy business concept these days. It’s all about eliminating waste. It began as a way to reduce costs in manufacturing but it has since been adapted to everything, including something called lean software development
17. Korn Shell is worth $103,000. Korn shell is a scripting language for the Unix operation system.
18. Fortran is worth $103,000. Fortran is a programming language developed by IBM eons ago and was used to write apps for mainframes.
19. JDBC is worth more than $103,000. JDBC is a Java-based technology from Oracle. It helps a database connect to an app written in the Java programming language. Java is a super popular language for writing apps, so lots of skills associated with it pay well.
20. CMMI is worth more than $104,000. CMMI is a sophisticated method for performance management. It helps companies predict costs, create schedules, and ensure quality.
21. ETL is worth more than $104,000. ETL is the process of taking data from original sources and putting them into the right format to be used with various types of databases. This is yet another “big data” skill that’s become hot.
22. Objective C is worth $105,000. Objective-C is a popular programming language. It’s worth a high salary these days because it’s the language of choice for writing apps for Apple devices, both OS X (Macs) and iOS (iPhone and iPads).
23. Jetty is worth more than $106,000. Jetty is an open source project that has become popular thanks to the big data trend. Jetty is a way to host web sites and web apps. It’s particularly good for cloud apps that might need to support thousands of users all accessing the app at the same instant.
24. Mongo DB is worth more than $108,000. Mongo DB is a popular noSQL database.
25. SOA is worth more than $109,000. A Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a method of developing software that allows bits of the software to become “services” available to other apps.
26. Omnigraffle is worth more than $110,000. OmniGraffle is a diagramming tool just for Macs – like the Mac version of Microsoft Visio. It’s a popular tool for complex diagraming tasks like website wireframes and graphic design.
27. PMPbok is worth more than $110,000. PMI’s Project Management Professional is probably the most universally recognized certification for project managers. The PMPbok cert is the one for the trainers. It makes sure they are qualified to teach PMI classes.
28. NoSQL is worth more than $113,000. NoSQL is a new kind of database that is part of the big data phenomenon. NoSQL has sometimes been called the cloud database.
29. Big Data is worth more than $114,000. Big data is the buzzword for a new kind of software that analyzes large volumes of data. It can handle massive amounts of information in all sorts of formats — tweets, posts, e-mails, documents, audio, video, whatever. There are four basic technologies that make up the “big data world” analytics, in-memory databases, NoSQL databases and Hadoop.
30. Hadoop is worth more than $115,000. Hadoop is a super hot up-and-coming “big data” technology. Hadoop is open source software used to gather and store vast amounts of data and analyze it on low-cost commodity hardware. For instance, banks may use Hadoop for fraud detection, online shopping services for analyzing customers buying patterns.
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