The tech industry is one of the hottest job markets right now, and there is plenty of money to be made - as long as you live in the right area and have mastered the most in-demand skills.
Payscale recently conducted a job skills survey to determine the most valuable skills you should have if you work in tech. Skills that could really help you land your dream job, or at least your dream salary.
After tapping into data on more than 2 million U.S. workers, Payscale determined three skills most likely to significantly raise a tech professional's salary. Here are three resume building skills that could boost a salary by up to 22 percent.
Scala, which stands for "scalable language," is a programming language that has been surging in popularity lately. It is considered an alternative to Java, only with all the programming problems fixed. The downside is it can be difficult to learn. However, it could be worth a 21.8 percent pay boost, which might be worth the hassle.
2. Cisco's UCCE/IPCC
IT professionals are needed to put the call center technology for the Cisco network together. This network is for data and for phone calls. People in these positions design and deploy full-life cycles of the Cisco call center workflow.
The skills needed for these positions are pretty intense. A current job listing requests three to five years experience with complex Cisco IPT solutions, Cisco Unity Voice Mail and other Cisco systems. Plus, experience working with multi-site contact center systems.
This is definitely a position you'd need to work up to, but if you work in tech, learning Cisco's UCCE/IPCC could increase your pay by 22.1 percent.
Knowing Google's programming language Golang - or Go as it's also called - is another alternative to Java that can make you worth 22.4 percent more than your current salary. Golang first got big when it was designed to work with cloud computing, which didn't exist when Java was invented. Golang is now being used at companies as big as Google and as small as startups.
Whether you're just starting out in your career, or are looking to try something new during retirement, coding is a skill that's worth the time you put into it. Click here for some quick tips that will help you get started.