DataStax Survey Shows NoSQL Skills Gap, Demand for Apache Cassandra
While a skills gap in the NoSQL database ranks already crimps the number of available developers, demand increases for Apache Cassandra talent.DataStax, a provider of database software for cloud applications, announced survey results that show an increasing demand for NoSQL database experts, particularly those trained on Apache Cassandra. With its database platform based on Cassandra, DataStax has a vested interest in the success and popularity of the hot NoSQL platform. Cassandra was built by Facebook and powers some of the largest cloud applications in the world, including Netfix and Spotify—thus the growing developer interest in the platform. "Apache Cassandra has become extremely popular," Christian Hasker, director of DataStax Academy at DataStax, told eWEEK. "With that popularity comes the need to acquire skills because DataStax and Apache Cassandra are part of the newer NoSQL database movement. In the traditional relational world SQL is an incredibly common language and skill. Millions of people know how to write SQL. So while Cassandra and NoSQL databases are growing in popularity, the skills needed to develop against them have not really kept apace. So there has been a widening gap between companies wanting to adopt Apache Cassandra and DataStax and the ability of their developers to develop against it." DataStax Academy provides self-paced courses, videos and other training methods and materials to train developers, engineers, administrators, architects and others about Cassandra. DataStax interviewed more than 250 DataStax Academy members to confirm that there definitely is a massive skills gap in the database industry and a need for more people with Apache Cassandra skills.
Hasker said, according to last year's Stack Overflow Developer Survey, Apache Cassandra was the top paying technology skill for developers, enabling developers with Cassandra skills to earn 52 percent more than the average developer.