Dice Report: Fastest-Growing Tech Skills

It’s no surprise that tech pros skilled in data analytics and building apps continue to be in high demand by employers. That being said, some skills are more frequently requested than others, as demonstrated by Dice’s latest analysis of its online job postings.

In the past few years, several tech skills have skyrocketed in terms of demand. Although some of these sought-after skills don’t enjoy the widespread popularity of JavaScript, C# and other ubiquitous languages and skill sets, they’ve become increasingly vital for industries ranging from marketing to analytics. When a prominent ad agency uses Adobe Experience Manager to organize its creative assets for an influential campaign, for example, or a major credit-card company relies on Cloudera Impala to help analyze its customer data, it demonstrates the sizable influence these skill sets have despite the relatively few number of tech pros actually using them.

Comparing 2013 and 2014—the most recent full-year periods for which we have data—employers asked for the following skills with increasing frequency within Dice’s job postings; if you rank these skills by number of job postings in which they appear, a few jumped by more than 2,000 ranks between 2013 and 2014, suggesting an intensifying level of demand. Given that employers will likely still need these skill sets in 2015, we’ve included the average salary for each (as of 2014-15), according to Dice data.

1. Cloudera Impala

Average salary: $139,874
Ranks climbed: 2,593
Cloudera Impala is an open-source MPP SQL query engine for mining data stored in Apache Hadoop clusters. Given the enduring popularity of Hadoop, which is used by a growing number of businesses to sort through massive amounts of data, it’s no surprise that a platform meant to query Apache Hadoop data would top the list as 2014’s fastest-trending skill.

2. Adobe Experience Manager

Average salary: $123,599
Ranks climbed: 2,559
The Adobe Experience Manager tool, designed for organizing and managing creative assets, is popular among marketers, advertising-agency creative professionals and others who craft content.

3. Ansible

Average salary: $124,860
Ranks climbed: 2,532
System administrators rely on the open-source tool, Ansible, to help them configure and manage PCs.

4. Xamarin 

Average salary: $101,707
Ranks climbed: 1,991
Given the burgeoning state of app development, it’s no wonder professionals with this skill are in growing demand. Developers who want to rapidly build iOS and Android apps can use Xamarin to develop cross-platform in C#.

5. OnCue

Average salary: $125,067
Ranks climbed: 1,981
While video streaming is big, it remains to be seen whether this Web-based TV service, currently owned by Verizon, will continue to hold a spot in Dice’s Top 10 List.

6. Laravel

Average salary: $96,219
Ranks climbed: 1,917
Laravel is one of the more popular open-source PHP Web application frameworks. With growing interest on tech social channels like GitHub, usage and demand for this skill should only increase.

7. RStudio

Average salary: $117,257
Ranks climbed: 1,912
This integrated development environment for R (a statistical programming language that’s proven a lucrative specialty for skilled developers) allows teams to share workspaces.

8. Unified Functional Testing

Average salary: $102,419
Ranks climbed: 1,892
Hewlett-Packard’s Unified Functional Testing platform gives tech pros the ability to comprehensively test software platforms and ecosystems; it’s also Windows-centric, which dovetails perfectly with most office environments.

9. Object Pascal

Average salary: $77,907
Ranks climbed: 1,889
Although Pascal has been around for 45 years, it’s still very much in use, with a subset of job postings on Dice.com for candidates who have experience with Object Pascal (a well-known derivative).

10. Apache Kafka

Average salary: $134,950
Ranks climbed: 1,798
Apache Kafka is an open-source tool developed by the Apache Software Foundation for maintaining real-time data feeds, capable of handling hundreds of megabytes of writes and reads per second from thousands of clients. Kafka’s cluster-centric design, with an emphasis on fault-tolerance and durability, makes it a favorite among an expanding subset of developers.

Skills rise and fall in the rankings all the time, of course, due to the shifting popularity of platforms and the preferences of influential companies and developers. Nonetheless, the aforementioned skills deserve tech pros’ attention, as these are the ones that are quickly rising through the ranks and, therefore, continuing to command higher salaries.

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4 Responses to “Dice Report: Fastest-Growing Tech Skills”

  1. Fred Bosick

    It’s sad that these “skills” are really nothing more than the ability to operate a particular tool or application. Whatever happened to just knowing the domain and learning how to operate the tool on the job?

    R has some stuff behind it, but anyone who knows the math and any popular Computer Algebra System, (MatLab, Mathematica, etc.) should be able to do the job.

  2. David M

    Object Pascal is Delphi – perhaps you could update the article to reflect that? Also one probable reason for its rise is that you can use it to write cross-platform apps very easily, including the UI design, something even Xamarin doesn’t do.

    In fact I saw Xamarin’s entry linked to another Dice article about cross-platform development with it. Maybe looking at Delphi would be a good followup article to that one? If you need a source / guide I would be happy to help. (I’m a happy user.)