The Professional: Data Scientist has only been recently included in Foote Partner's research. In the time they have been tracking this cert, it's hit the top of the highest paying IT certifications, coming in tied for number 5. "We just added this to our Skills Pay Index because people were asking for it. It includes a pretty tough lab/practicum where you have to really do the stuff, not simply complete a written test," says Foote.
Number six on the list of highest paying certifications is Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop. Hadoop development and big data are both areas increasing in demand as organizations use them to simplify processes, decrease time to production, and gain a competitive advantage.