The 15 fastest growing tech skills that also pay better than most

Did you know there are at least 545 tech skills for which employers are willing to pay extra that either don’t have certifications or it just doesn’t matter to employers that invest in them?

And it’s not a small number of tech workers who receive them: at last count our firm was able to validate, and report cash pay premiums for more than 1,000 skills and certifications being earned by 77,600 U.S. and Canadian tech professionals in as many as 3,289 private and public sector employers. We’ve tracked and reported this benchmark data since 2000 in the quarterly-updated IT Skills and Certifications Pay IndexTM (ITSCPI),

And the winners are…

The following non-certified tech skills meet two prerequisites: they recorded gains in cash market value in the six months ending October 1, 2018 in our IT Skills and Certifications Pay IndexTM and they are also earning workers a pay premium well above the average of all 545 non-certified skills reported.

No skill listed below is earning less than the equivalent of 15 percent of base salary (the average for all skills reported is 9.3 percent). They are listed in descending ranked order of cash premium including ties.

1. Ethereum

Pay premium: 17 percent of base salary equivalent (average)
Market value increase: 13.3 percent (from July 1 to October 1, 2018)    

Blockchain!  Ethereum is arguably the most popular open source, public blockchain-based distributed computing platform and OS for smart contract functionality. If you want to become a blockchain expert, learning how to build apps on Ethereum is a great place to start.

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