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Dice Report: Fastest-Growing Tech Skills

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It’s no surprise that tech pros skilled in data analytics and building apps continue to be in high demand by employers. That being said, some skills are more frequently requested than others, as demonstrated by Dice’s latest analysis of its online job postings. In the past few years, several tech skills have skyrocketed in terms of demand. Although some of these sought-after skills don’t enjoy the widespread popularity of JavaScript, C# and other ubiquitous languages and skill sets, they’ve become… continue…

Engineers, Data Analysts Top 2015′s Best Jobs

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Which jobs offer an ideal combination of solid salary and career prospects, comfortable environment, and a moderate level of stress? According to a new list by CareerCast.com, data scientists, software engineers, and computer systems analysts all fulfill this picture-perfect mix of requirements. The website’s “Best Jobs of 2015” reads as follows: Actuary Audiologist Mathematician Statistician Biomedical engineer Data scientist Dental hygienist Software engineer Occupational therapist Computer systems analyst Contrast that with CareerCast’s list of the year’s worst jobs, which include:… continue…

Should Tech Firms Ban Salary Negotiations?

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Earlier this month, Reddit CEO Ellen Pao told the Wall Street Journal that she would eliminate salary negotiations for new hires. “So as part of our recruiting process we don’t negotiate with candidates,” she said. “We come up with an offer that we think is fair. If you want more equity, we’ll let you swap a little bit of your cash salary for equity, but we aren’t going to reward people who are better negotiators with more compensation.” Why did… continue…

SpaceX, Tech Giants Perk Up Seattle Employment

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What’s New This Quarter Among the more interesting visitors to Seattle in recent months was SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who showed up in January to outline a space-related business that he wants to build in the area. “SpaceX Seattle” plans to launch 4,000 geosynchronous satellites, a network in space that could deliver high-speed Internet access anywhere on Earth. The satellites will be designed by software and aerospace engineers in SpaceX’s new engineering office in Redmond. Bloomberg reports that SpaceX could… continue…

When Talking Salary, Know Your Limits

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During good economic times, job candidates find they have a lot more leverage when it comes to negotiating salary, especially for positions that require specialized skill sets. In the quest for talent, companies are often willing to offer up a lot of things, including perks (flex time, vacation, telecommuting, matching 401ks, and more) and sign-on bonuses. Even in good times, however, company largesse only goes so far. Playing games with your potential employer, or dragging out negotiations, could result in… continue…

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…

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…

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…

For Developers, Startups Could Equal Big Salaries

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Conventional wisdom suggests that, if you want to make truly big money as a developer or programmer, you should head to the biggest possible firm. On the surface, such advice makes sense: Who has deeper pockets than Google or Apple, after all? While those big firms might provide job security and some very nice perks (who has a better cafeteria than Google?), they’re not the only ones with money: Startups are shelling out quite a bit for tech talent, recognizing… continue…

Dealing With Salary Requests Before the Job Offer

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You’ve probably dealt with it before: You sit down for a job interview, and the interviewer asks how much you expect to be paid. At those moments, you should resist the urge to say, “A million-billion dollars.” All joking aside, a potential employer asking you for a salary number ahead of a job offer can create significant problems. If you state a figure that’s too high, you may sink your chances of landing the job; if you lowball yourself, you… continue…