Learning common programming languages may ensure you have lots of job offers, but won't necessarily maximise your earning capacity. If you want to make a lot more money in IT, mastering languages and techniques used in big data is the way to go. Anyone for a little R and PMBok?
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A survey of US technology professionals by recruitment site Dice highlighted ten skill areas which consistently offered the highest pay. While the salary figures are specific to North America, the trend is evident worldwide; big data has been consistently cited as the main growth area at every tech event I've attended over the last year. This is the top 10 according to Dice:
- Service-oriented architecture
Service-oriented architecture is the only one there that doesn't broadly sit in the "big data" bucket. Something to consider the next time you're thinking of learning a new skill.