Spark: With job postings up 120% year-over-year on Dice, demand for this open-source cluster-computing framework is broad-based. Government contractors and financial-services firms are just a few of the groups eager to find candidates with this skillset.
2015 Average Salary: $113,214
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Big Data and Cloud: As companies expand their tech infrastructures, they need cloud and Big Data services such as Azure (#2), Hive (#8) and Cassandra (#9) for data storage, analysis and security. Big Data and cloud-related skills dominated the Highest Paid Skills list on Dice’s salary survey for the second straight year.
2015 Average Salary:
Azure — $110,207
Salesforce: This customer-service platform serves as the bedrock for many companies’ customer service departments. Demand for Salesforce professionals seems unlikely to decline anytime soon. Employers are even willing to offer telecommuting options to lure Salesforce talent.
2015 Average Salary: $107,810
JIRA: JIRA, a project-management platform that’s free for open-source projects and nonprofits, has enjoyed an increasing rate of adoption over the past few years. With software teams always on the lookout for professionals with project-management experience, counting JIRA among your core skills is a great way to stand out.
2015 Average Salary: $111,103