9 New Skills That Boost Pay the Most
Some of today’s most in-demand skills are tech-related – no surprise to anyone who’s been in the work world in the past 10 or 15 years, or read any career news, or even followed politics. STEM jobs are often high-paying jobs, and the skills that support them can level up your earnings faster than other additions to your resume. PayScale’s recent report, How to Win in the Skills Economy, looks at nine new skills that could make you big money. And when we say “new,” we mean “brand-new”: all of the skills on this list have emerged in the last five years.
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Pay Boost: 22.2 percent
2. Go: An open-source programming language, Go (or Golang) was created at Google in 2007. It’s used in production systems at Google and other companies.
Pay Boost: 20 percent
Pay Boost: 12.5 percent
Pay Boost: 11.4 percent
Pay Boost: 10.7 percent
6. Cloud Computing: Cloud computing makes it easier for companies to scale up (or back) their computing needs, and pay only for what they use. In 2014, according to Forbes, there were nearly 400,000 cloud computing-related IT jobs in the United States.
Pay Boost: 10.4 percent
7. Android SDK: To build apps for the Android platform, you need to be able to use these development tools, which are often used with an integrated development environment.
Pay Boost: 9.3 percent
Pay Boost: 6.7 percent
9. Groovy: An object-oriented programming language, Groovy can be used to write applications and extend Java applications.
Pay Boost: 6.2 percent
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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.