IT Jobs With the Best (and Worst) ROI

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Many IT jobs come with rigorous academic requirements, but not all of those jobs offer high starting salaries and explosive growth potential. Which ones offer the best (and worst) return on investment (ROI)? IT Jobs With the Best ROI DBA Entry-level salary: $59,000 Average salary: $102,446 Although 60 percent of DBAs have a bachelor’s degree, 16 percent have an associate’s degree and 20 percent have some college, according to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Demand exceeds supply, with… continue…

5 Interview Tips for Project Managers

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Project management is a burgeoning industry at the moment, with growth projected at 15 percent through 2022 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (faster than average); those with five years (or more) of management experience can expect to earn an average of $120,000 a year in a full-time position, while freelance contractors can pull down between $50 and $60 per hour. What’s the best way to land a rewarding management position? As with so many industries, it’s all in… continue…

Are Periscope and Meerkat the Next Big Thing?

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The ability to live-stream something isn’t new; many a person has used Google Hangouts or YouTube to share in real-time with his or her followers. Last year, Amazon spent nearly a billion dollars on Twitch.tv, a forum where people can watch gamers play live. Innumerable tech conferences allow remote viewing. Although live-streaming wasn’t exactly difficult before, there were also opportunities to make it far easier for anyone to do, which is why Twitter and Meerkat (the latter a startup) have… continue…

How to Land a Job at Level 3 Communications

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Level 3 Communications provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Its comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; and data center and cloud-based solutions. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, the company has grown since Dice first profiled it in 2012. In 2014, it acquired TW Telecom, which significantly expanded its reach in the U.S. market. Check out the latest… continue…

The Highest-Paid Big Data Skills

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Yes, “Big Data” has become one of those buzzwords, along with “cloud,” that’s way overused these days. But it’s clear that employers want tech pros who can analyze massive datasets and deliver actionable intelligence: According to the most recent Dice Report, firms in several states consider data-analytics skills a critical resource, one that they’re more than happy to shell out big bucks to obtain. Dice found that a full 24 percent of survey respondents in Seattle had Big Data skills—an… continue…

In Boston, Cloud and Apps Fuel a Hiring Binge

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What’s New This Quarter Well, here’s an interesting problem: Massachusetts has too many tech jobs and not enough tech pros to fill them. According to a March report from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, there are 17 open tech-related jobs for every qualified recent graduate. From 2010 to 2013, Massachusetts technology companies created about 17,650 new jobs, leading to a statewide total of 214,650 technology jobs (up from 197,000 five years ago). Employment in the state’s information sector has surged… continue…

How to Avoid Messing Up Your Salary Negotiation

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So you applied for a job, landed the interview (which you aced), and now the employer’s offering you the position. Here comes the next tricky part: negotiating over salary. Whether getting a new job or looking to take the next step up after working at the same company for several years, a successful salary negotiation demands some research and prep work on your part. It’s also all about avoiding critical mistakes. With that in mind, here are some pointers: Do… continue…

Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground in U.S.

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Millennial tech workers are entering the U.S. workforce at a comparable disadvantage to other tech workers throughout the industrialized world, according to study from Educational Testing Services (ETS), a nonprofit skills assessment service. Despite higher spending than any other developed nation on education and a world-class collegiate system, America’s young workers are reportedly lagging further and further behind in core skills. “A relatively large percentage of our young adults cannot perform literacy tasks that ask them to ‘identify, interpret, or… continue…

5 Things That Wreck a Resume

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Working on a resume? Once you’ve chosen your format, listed your experience and skills, and polished the grammar and spelling, one task remains: making sure your resume doesn’t feature any of the following landmines, any of which can wreck all your careful work. Your Resume Doesn’t Show Your True Skills and Qualifications… All too often, a resume features vague bullet-points such as, “Contributed to Project X,” or “Managed a team of five engineers” without going into much detail beyond that.… continue…

Dice Report: The Hottest Big Data Markets

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Looking for tech professionals with Big Data skills? Not surprisingly, many companies are. It’s probably also not surprising that the highest concentration of tech professionals with Big Data skills can be found in predictable places. More on that in a moment. Some of the hottest skills associated with Big Data, namely Hadoop, MapReduce, HBase, Flume and Pig, are amongst the top 10 highest-paid tech skills, according to Dice’s Annual Salary Survey. Big Data is becoming a must-have skill set across… continue…