Big Data Skills Pay
Open source tools based on Apache Hadoop are drivers in the big data arena
With enterprise focus moving towards cloud processed and "big data" the is an increased demand for technical and managerial skill necessary to develop, implement and manage the processes. Added to that is the increased concern for security. As a result individuals with those skills are in high demand and compensation in is high.
Many of the tools utilized are based on the open source version of Apache Hadoop. It is a software library which is the framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. With that in place, applications can be designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage.
This is accomplished not with hardware to deliver high-availability, rather the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly-available service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.
Hadoop is not the only tool, but it is one that is highly prized in big data. In Janco's preparation for the next IT salary survey which is to be released in a few months we have identified ten big data skill areas that are in high demand along with some preliminary compensation numbers.
Pay for big data IT professionals for these ten areas ranges for $121,000 to $130,000 -- or the high end for IT technical professionals.