Open source experience and contributions continue to rate highly with IT employers, especially those with significant big data and cloud initiatives on the books. Think along the lines of the aforementioned Hadoop, of course, but don’t forget about the broader ecosystem around it, which includes projects such as Cassandra, Hive, and Pig. Linux is another place to look, and the NoSQL world (see also: MongoDB) offers open source opportunities as well.
Job titles range from security architect to the relatively recent executive suite addition of the CSO or CISO. There’s never been a better time to be a qualified security pro — at least from the standpoint of employability. Cyber-security was the fastest-growing skill area in terms of employer demand on tech jobs site Dice from January 2014 through January 2015, with its close cousin information security not too far behind.
Interest in IT pros experienced with the project management and issue-tracking software from Atlassian spiked 69% on Dice in the 12 months ending Jan. 31, 2015, as more organizations adopted either Agile development approaches or a full-blown DevOps makeover.
Demand for Hadoop skills grew 54% on Dice during the past 12 months, as did employer interest in big data expertise as a broader category. Renda, of Eliassen, noted that developers with chops in languages such as Java who add Hadoop experience will be particularly attractive to recruiters and hiring managers going forward.