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There's no question that the tech industry is filled with high-paying jobs, but it's also an ever-changing market. One day a skill is hot and the next it's not.
Dice surveyed 16,301 IT professionals in fall 2015 to come up with this list.
Of course, skills alone won't always guarantee a high salary. Work experience counts, too. But if you're considering which skills to flaunt on a résumé, or which to learn this year, this list is a good place to start.
No. 40: Matlab is worth $120,182
Matlab is a programming language from MathWorks that is popular with engineers and scientists worldwide. MathWorks is a company that makes computer software for engineers and scientists.
Pay for jobs involving Matlab has climbed 17.8% in the last year, Dice says.
No. 39: MicroStrategy is worth $120,184
MicroStrategy is a company that makes analytics software, a category that used to be called "business intelligence" but now is called "big data."
All things big data are in vogue and there's high demand for people who can write enterprise apps built on various MicroStrategy products.
Pay for jobs involving MicroStrategy has climbed 10.2% in the last year, Dice says.
No. 38: Groovy is worth $120,484
Groovy is a programming language that builds on the strengths of Java, but has additional features inspired by other languages, like Python and Ruby.
Groovy makes it easier for Java developers to write apps using these updated techniques.
Pay for Groovy-related jobs has climbed almost 12.4% over last year, Dice says.
No. 37: HP-UX is worth $120,930
HP-UX is Hewlett Packard's version of the Unix operating system.
It is used to power HP Enterprise's most powerful servers, which typically run a company's most important business applications, such as databases.
Pay for jobs involving HP-UX has climbed 13% in the last year, Dice says.
No. 36: Jetty is worth $121,525
Jetty is software for web applications written in Java, a popular computer-programming language.
While such software is usually used to serve websites and apps to people over the internet, Jetty has become popular for machine-to-machine communications, often within a larger software app.
Machines connected to the internet is a huge trend and a growing part of the internet, known by the term "Internet of Things."
Pay for jobs involving Jetty has climbed 7.5% in the last year, Dice says.
No. 35: PMBOK is worth $121,731
PMBOK stands for "Project Management Body of Knowledge," and it is embodied in a book produced by the Project Management Institute, home of many certifications for project managers.
PMBOK is essentially a system of project management.
Pay for jobs involving PMBOK has climbed 8.5% in the last year, Dice says.
No. 34: Redis is worth $122,023
Redis is a popular open-source project that allows programmers to store important information in a computer's memory, where it can be accessed almost instantaneously.
Programmers use it for databases, to cache frequently accessed data, or to handle messages between apps.
No. 33: HBase is worth $122,386
HBase is one of many projects based on the popular Hadoop technology.
Hadoop is a way to store all kinds of data across many low-cost computer servers. Once that data is stored using the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), HBase can sort through it and group bits of it together, somewhat similar to how a traditional database organizes data.
Although HBase remains a high-paying skill, pay for HBase-associated jobs declined -3.2% over last year, Dice says.
No. 32: Informix is worth $123,023
Informix is a database owned by IBM that is making a resurgence in popularity.
That's because IBM has revamped it for the Internet of Things market, a fast-growing new tech sector. IoT is where everyday objects get sensors and join the internet.
Pay for jobs involving Informix has climbed 19.6% in the last year, Dice says.
No. 31: Korn shell is worth $123,738
Korn shell is a scripting language used with the Unix and Linux operating systems. Both are often used for a company's most important applications.
Pay for jobs involving Korn has climbed 10.4% in the last year, Dice says.
No. 30: Hibernate is worth $123,948
Hibernate is a popular tool for Java that helps Java applications work better with databases.
Hibernate is free software. Its creator, Gavin King, works for open-source software giant Red Hat. That means Hibernate is included in one of Red Hat's more popular software products, JBoss.
Pay for Hibernate-associated jobs has climbed 10.7% over last year, Dice says.
No. 29: Solr is worth $124,036
Solr is a free and open-source enterprise search platform that is extremely popular with large websites.
Some of its users include eHarmony, StubHub, and Best Buy, plus many others.
Pay for big Solr-associated jobs has climbed 5.7% over last year, Dice says.
No. 28: Documentum is worth $124,138
EMC Documentum is an "enterprise content management" system, meaning it lets enterprises store and search for all kinds of documents.
While big-data options like Hadoop are the new-age way of dealing with data, Documentum remains a popular tool in industries that still use a lot of paper or electronic forms, like legal, medical, insurance, and so on.
Pay for Documentum jobs has climbed 8.4% over last year, Dice says.
No. 27: CMMI is worth $124,265
CMMI is a sophisticated method for performance management. It helps companies predict costs, create schedules, and ensure quality.
There's a whole CMMI culture that can train someone on models and how to use them.
Pay for CMMI-associated jobs has climbed 7.6% over last year, Dice says.
No. 26: ISO 27000 is worth $124,646
ISO 27000 is an international standard for best practices in computer security.
That has become a big deal at enterprises these days, thanks in part to all the high-profile problems of the past couple of years, from the Sony and IRS breaches to hackers stealing credit-card information from Target.
This is the first time ISO 27000 was named as a hot IT skill by Dice.
No. 25: webMethods is worth $125,292
webMethods is a product from Software AG known as a "middleware."
It's a server that lets a company host all kinds of other software services. It's famous for what's known as "integration" services, such as mapping one kind of software format to another or running application-programming interfaces that let two apps talk to each other.
Pay for webMethods jobs has climbed 14% over last year, Dice says.
No. 24: ABAP is worth $125,589
ABAP stands for "Advanced Business Application Programming" and it's the software language developed by SAP used for building business applications on top of SAP's software.
The company makes a popular suite of financial applications, and it's been pushing into mobile apps and the database market. Businesses often want to write custom apps that make use of the data stored in SAP. Developers also write commercial apps for SAP.
Pay for ABAP-associated jobs has climbed 1% over last year, Dice says.
No. 23: Netezza is worth $126,035
Netezza is a big-data analytics device that IBM bought in 2010 for $1.78 billion.
Its particular niche is an area of big-data called enterprise data warehouses. That's where a company stores massive amounts of information in one machine and not spread across many machines, as other big-data technologies — like Hadoop — often do.
Pay for Netezza-associated jobs has climbed more than 13% over last year, Dice says.
No. 22: Docker is worth $126,131
Docker is a hot startup that has created a technology called "containers" that programmers love.
Containers allow a developer to set up all the conditions a program needs from the computers and infrastructure it will run on, such as controlling memory, CPU, and disk usage.
And then, when the program moves from the programmer's computer to a cloud-computing service, all that stuff is setup and the program performs well.
This is the first time Docker has landed on Dice's hottest-skills list.
No. 21: R is worth $126,249
Companies these days are all about saving hoards of "big data" and then analyzing them for insights, a field called analytics.
R is the language of choice for that sort of thing, for statistical analysis and graphics/visualization. And it's seeing a huge surge in popularity.
Pay for R-associated jobs climbed 9.7% over last year, Dice says.
No. 20: SOA is worth $127,268
SOA is actually an old term for a software concept that's grown more popular thanks to cloud computing.
It stands for "service-oriented architecture," and practitioners of it write their code in small bites, making little "services" that can be shared among multiple apps. Instead of every cloud app needing its own way of dealing with passwords, for instance, a "password service" can be shared by many.
Pay for SOA-associated jobs has climbed more than 7% over last year, Dice says.
No. 19: Fortran is worth $127,359
Fortran is a really old computer language, birthed in the days when computers used punch cards, and it rose to fame during the mainframe era.
But mainframes haven't exactly died, and people knowledgeable about Fortran are harder to find. It is still in wide use in science and research areas.
Pay for Fortran-associated jobs has climbed 24% over last year, Dice says.
No. 18: OmniGraffle is worth $127,392
OmniGraffle is a diagramming tool just for Macs and iOS, like the Mac version of Microsoft Visio.
It may seem odd that such a tool could be a high-paying skill. But it's also a popular tool for complex diagramming tasks, like website wireframes and graphic design.
Pay for OmniGraffle-associated jobs has climbed 11% over last year, Dice says.
No. 17: SDN is worth $127,464
SDN stands for "software-defined networks," and it's a new way to build corporate networks. It relies on software to do many of the functions that used to be done by networking hardware switches and routers.
SDN technology is being offered by every major network-hardware provider, a slew of startups, and VMware. It's an especially popular way to handle the networking part of a cloud-computing data center.
Pay for SDN-related jobs has climbed 12% over last year, Dice says.
No. 16: UML is worth $128,198
Software today is really complicated.
Enter the Unified Modeling Language (UML). This is a visual language for turning complex software designs into an easier-to-understand diagram.
Pay for UML-associated jobs has climbed 12% over last year, Dice says.
No. 15: Hadoop is worth $128,888
Hadoop is a super-important technology at the center of the whole "big data" craze.
It 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, and online shopping services could use it to analyze customers' buying patterns.
Pay for Hadoop-associated jobs has climbed 6% over last year, Dice says.
No. 14: Hive is worth $129,400
Hive is another skill in high demand because of the big-data craze and the popularity of Hadoop.
That is a way to store all kinds of data across many low-cost computer servers. Hive provides a way to extract information from Hadoop using the same kind of traditional methods used by regular databases. In geek speak, it gives Hadoop a database-query interface.
Pay for Hive-associated jobs has climbed 7% over last year, Dice says.
No. 13: NoSQL is worth $130,290
NoSQL is a new kind of database that is part of the big-data phenomenon.
It has sometimes been called the cloud database. Regular databases need data to be organized. Names and account numbers need to be structured and labeled. But NoSQL doesn't care about that. It can work with all kinds of documents.
There are a number of popular NoSQL databases, including Mongo, Couchbase, and Cassandra.
Pay for NoSQL-associated jobs has climbed 9.9% over last year, Dice says.
No. 12: Sqoop is worth $130,865
Sqoop has also become a highly desirable skill thanks to the big-data craze.
It's a free and open-source tool that lets you transfer data from popular a big-data storage system, Hadoop, into classic relational databases like the ones made by Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft.
It's a command-line interface tool, meaning that you have to know the commands and type them directly into the system, rather than click on them with a mouse.
Pay for Sqoop-associated jobs has climbed 14.5% over last year, Dice says.
No. 11: TcL is worth $130,906
TcL, pronounced "tickle," stands for "Tool Command Language." It's a scripting language that is easy to use and powerful. It is open-source and known for its helpful community.
Scripts written in TcL can run on Unix, Macs, and Windows devices, including Windows Mobile.
Pay for jobs involving TcL has climbed 17.5% in the last year, Dice says.
No. 10: Puppet is worth $131,121
Puppet is "IT automation" software from Puppet Labs, one of a handful of young companies ushering in a huge new tech trend called "DevOps."
That is when the developers creating software ("dev") and the teams responsible for deploying that software ("ops") use speedy techniques so they can deploy technology as fast as it's released.
Puppet helps them automate tasks that keep computer servers running efficiently.
Pay for Puppet-associated jobs has climbed 9.2% over last year, Dice says.
No. 9: MapReduce is worth $131,563
MapReduce has been called "the heart of Hadoop."
It's the way that Hadoop stores all kinds of data across many low-cost computer servers. To get meaningful data from Hadoop, a programmer writes software programs — often in Java — for MapReduce.
Pay for MapReduce-associated jobs has climbed 3.3% over last year, Dice says.
No. 8: Pig is worth $132,850
Pig is yet another hot skill thanks to the popularity of "big data" projects based on Hadoop.
As we've mentioned, Hadoop is a way to store all kinds of data across many low-cost computer servers. Pig is a programming language that lets you extract information from Hadoop, find answers to questions, or otherwise use the data.
Pay for Pig-associated jobs has climbed 6.7% over last year, Dice says.
No. 7: Chef is worth $136,850
Chef is "IT automation" software from Chef Software, one of a handful of young companies ushering in DevOps.
Chef helps IT professionals automate tasks that keep computer servers running efficiently.
Pay for Chef-associated jobs has climbed 10.8% over last year, Dice says.
No. 6: CloudStack is worth $138,095
Cloud computing is a big trend, and there's a battle over the different "cloud operating systems."
Several of them are free and open-source, but they're mostly built by vendors who want to sell a commercial version along with cloud-computing software or equipment.
One such example is CloudStack, run by the Apache Software Foundation — keeper of many open-source projects — and backed by Citrix, who sells a commercial version of it.
Pay for CloudStack-associated jobs has climbed 20% over last year, Dice says.
No. 5: OpenStack is worth $138,579
Another free and open-source cloud-computing operating system is OpenStack, and by most accounts, it's the one that's winning.
Many vendors are supporting it and selling their own commercial versions of it, such as IBM, HP, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and lots of others.
Pay for OpenStack-associated jobs has climbed 19.4% over last year, Dice says.
No. 4: PaaS is worth $140,894
PaaS, or "Platform as a Service," is a type of cloud computing. It's a way to host everything a developer needs to write an app, which, once written, would live on that PaaS cloud.
PaaS is a huge trend right now in app development, with every big tech vendor, hosting company, and maker of app-development tools looking for game in the PaaS market.
Meanwhile, every programmer is also writing more apps for the cloud.
Pay for PaaS-associated jobs has climbed 8.3% over last year, Dice says.
No. 3: Cloudera is worth $142,835
Cloudera is a company that makes an extremely popular commercial version of Hadoop.
Although Hadoop is a free and open-source project for storing data on inexpensive computer servers, the free version is not easy to use.
Several companies have created friendlier versions of Hadoop, and Cloudera is arguably the biggest.
Pay for Cloudera-associated jobs has climbed 12.6% over last year, Dice says.
No. 2: Cassandra is worth $147,811
Cassandra is a free and open-source "noSQL" database.
That's a kind of database that can handle and store data of different types and sizes, and it's increasingly the go-to database for mobile and cloud applications. Apple uses Cassandra in a big way to store over 10 petabytes of data. Netflix uses it, too, among many others.
Pay for Cassandra-associated jobs has climbed 14.9% over last year, Dice says.
No. 1: HANA is worth $154,749.
HANA is the database created by enterprise-software company SAP.
HANA is a part of a new type of databases, known as in-memory. It runs entirely in a computer's memory instead of on storage disks. That means it can crunch large amounts of data nearly instantly.
This skill has become hot because SAP is pushing its many customers to ditch their other databases — particularly from its arch-rival, Oracle — and use HANA instead. It is also funding a startup developer ecosystem to write apps on and for HANA.
This is the first time Dice has listed HANA on its hot-skills list.
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