Adding one of these capabilities to your resume might lead to a salary increase.
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IT publications often publish reports about the highest-paying job titles, but that information can be of limited use if you are already working in IT and not interested in switching to a new specialty. For example, going from being a database administrator to a cybersecurity specialist, is a pretty major shift. It probably will require a whole lot of training, and you might even need to take a temporary pay cut before you earn the higher salary that prompted the change.
But sometimes you don't need to switch jobs to boost your income. Learning just one or two new skills might boost your earning potential without requiring you to move to an entirely new area of expertise.
Foote Partners' IT Skills and Certification Pay Index tracks the pay premiums for certified and non-certified skills. In the report from the first quarter of 2018, the 522 non-certified tech skills Foote tracks were particularly valuable. Having just one of these skills increased an IT worker's pay by an average of 9.3%. By comparison, the 446 IT certifications Foote tracks boosted salaries by an average of 7.6%.
Why are non-certified skills so important?
As companies embrace digital transformation, they are finding that they need employees who understand emerging technologies like blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced data analytics. These technologies are so new that few, if any, certifications are available.
In addition, digital transformation is driving employers to seek out staff members who can see the big picture and recommend large-scale changes to the way IT operates that could make the company more profitable. They are looking for IT professionals with architecture and business skills who can help guide the company through these difficult transitions.
The following slides detail the top 10 highest-paying noncertified IT skills from the Foote Partners report. Based on the data, adding one of these skills to your resume could boost your take-home pay. The skills were ranked by Foote Partners.
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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