IT professionals with big data-oriented languages, databases and skills took home the highest paychecks in 2013, according to the Dice Tech Salary Survey released last month.
In fact, nine of the top 10 average tech salaries were related to big data, with skills and experience including R, NoSQL, MapReduce, Cassandra, Pig, Hadoop and MongoDB. Reported average salaries for these high-paying skills were all more than $107,000.
“Companies are betting big that harnessing data can play a major role in their competitive plans and that is leading to high pay for critical skills,” said Shravan Goli, President of Dice. “Technology professionals should be volunteering for big data projects, which makes them more valuable to their current employer and more marketable to other employers.”
The tech salary findings are in line with recent reports that adoption of and investment in big data are increasing aggressively, as major organizations work rigorously to produce software and hardware solutions to meet enterprise demand.
The total big data market is expected to grow from $14.87 billion in 2013 to $46.34 billion in 2018, said the Big Data Market – Forecasts to 2018 report conducted by Research and Markets. Key players in that market expansion include Accenture, Amazon Web Services, Cloudera, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and more.
In January, IBM announced plans to invest more than $1 billion into its Watson Group for analytics and big data as a signal of its intention to step up competition in the big data market and establish the company as a leader in what it calls “a new era of computing.”