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Machine Learning, Data Science Offer Top Dev Pay, LinkedIn Says

Monday Jul 24th 2017 by Developer.com Staff

Developers in these fields are also less experienced than other types of developers.

In a recent blog post, LinkedIn examined data from its social network and determined that machine learning and data science were the top-paying skills for software engineers. "Both specialties actually have the least experienced engineering workforces, with the highest percentage of employees with 0-5 years of experience of any specialty at 17 percent, likely due to being emerging fields in the technology sector," the post said. "Despite being a newer and more dynamic field, machine learning and data science engineers have the highest compensation level, with a median of $129,000 across the United States." By comparison, cloud computing and mobile development pros had median compensation of $116,000, while embedded and application developers made $118,000.

The report also found that developers are frequently engaged in "passive" job search activities, like looking through job openings and updating their LinkedIn profiles.

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