Need a raise? Here are 21 IT skills that pay a premium — anywhere from 4 to 17 percent in terms of total compensation. What makes them even more attractive: None require certification.
Although the demand for Big Data skills varies, early adopters are “willing to pay anything” to acquire and retain professionals with the necessary competencies and Java expertise, according to David Foote, CEO of research and consulting firm Foote Partners. Specifically, they’re looking for expertise in:
- Apache Hadoop including HBase and Hive
- Apache Cassandra
- Apache CouchDB
- MySQL/MySQL Cluster
- Predictive/Prescriptive Analytics and Modeling
- Complex Event Processing/Event Correlation
Although employers won’t pay a premium for SAP certifications, often they will spend more for top performers who have hands-on experience in these areas:
- SAP HANA (especially with SAP CO-PA)
- SAP APO
- SAP CCM
- SAP FI – FSCM (Financial Supply Chain Management)
- SAP GTS (Global Trade Services)
Mobile development skills are needed almost everywhere, which means people who know how to create apps and other services are in a good position when it comes to negotiating compensation. But the highest premiums go to those who with experience in HTML5.
Risk Management and the Rest
Although it’s not a technical area, risk management is a critical skill that Foote says “bleeds into everything companies are doing.” That makes professionals who have the ability to assess and mitigate risk, in addition to strong technical skills, increasingly popular among employers. The most-needed skills in this area include:
- WebLogic and WebSphere for SOA
- TOGAF (EA from The Open Group)
- ITIL V2 and V3
- Risk Assessment/Risk Management
- Change Management
Learning the appropriate skills, Foote believes, increases your value to employers, which in turn raises the potential for your compensation package.