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10. Apache Spark

Beloved by big data professionals, Apache Spark is open source software that can process streaming data. Part of the Hadoop ecosystem, Spark claims to run workloads up to 100 times faster than the standard Hadoop engine.

According to the 2018 Big Data Activation Report from vendor Qubole, Spark usage in terms of compute hours climbed an incredible 298% percent between 2017 and 2018. And in terms of the number of commands run on the framework, usage grew by a whopping 439%.

Millennials are also likely attracted to Spark because of the high salaries paid to big data professionals. Robert Half Technology’s 2018 Salary Guide found that the median salary for a big data engineer in the United States is $150,000, and data scientists often earn $119,000 per year.

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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