The 20 Hottest Job Skills of 2013
Want to boost your salary in a hurry? Some entries on your resume are worth more than others. Pick up these skills, and your paycheck could increase by as much as 20 percent.
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Unsurprisingly, PayScale data shows that programming languages remain high on the list of money-grabbers. Almost a third of the top-earning skills pertained directly to a programming language, and several other entries related to software development and data analysis.
It’s safe to say that tech, finance, and energy are good sectors to look into, if you’re contemplating a career change. And if you just want to get farther in your current career path, these skills might get you where you want to go.
Below, we present the top 20 skills that will boost your pay (plus, how much of a salary bump you can typically expect):
1. Scala: 21.31 percent
2. Hadoop: 17.35 percent
3. REST: 16.88 percent
4. Natural Language Processing (NLP): 16.85 percent
5. Machine Learning: 14.98 percent
6. Big Data Analytics: 13.78 percent
7. Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation: 12.12 percent
8. Risk Consulting: 11.61 percent
9. Investment Management: 11.32 percent
10. Ruby on Rails: 11.23 percent
11. International Human Resources (HR): 10.34 percent
12. Tableau Software: 10.06 percent
13. Financial Modeling: 9.09 percent
14. Competitive Analysis: 8.14 percent
15. R: 7.89 percent
16. Python: 7.44 percent
17. Marketo: 6.69 percent
18. Statistical Analysis: 6.60 percent
19. Data Modeling: 6.55 percent
20. Contract Negotiation: 6.27 percent
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