Times have changed. The same skills you needed to be successful in Corporate America in the 1950’s are no longer all you need to succeed. The fast moving world of technology has changed all that.

Today, if you’re looking for a new job, or are looking to advance in your current career, it’s important for you to attain the necessary skills. The truth is, if you have strong tech skills, the odds of you getting that job you’re chasing increase dramatically. And in most cases, you have a leg up in the negotiations too.

But gaining a diverse set of skills isn’t enough either. You have to ensure you’re getting the right skills, too.

Here are 3 of the hottest tech skills needed to excel in niche jobs today.

  1. Java in financial services

    Financial institutions compile, move, and deal with mountains of data. While the data isn’t immediately visible (like The Tetons are from seemingly everywhere in the state of Wyoming) the fact is financial institutions need to deal with its existence.

    Enter Java. The 20 year old coding language that’s used in a diverse set of mediums from Android apps to websites gained widespread notoriety for its data sorting power when it won a Terabyte sorting competition put on by Yahoo. The exact program that won the competition, Apache’s Hadoop, was built on Java.

    Today, in the burgeoning financial tech districts in Wilmington, Delaware, over 675 jobs became available in 2014, and many went unfilled because of a lack of talent.

  2. Certifications for jobs in security

    Cyber security is one of the fastest growing sectors in the tech industry today. According to the job search engine Dice.com, cyber security jobs have increase 91% in the last 12 months alone with no signs of that torrid pace slowing down any time soon.

    Some of the most sought after cyber security certification employers are looking for include: GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst, CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst, CWNP Certified Wireless Security Professional, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, and EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator.

  3. NoSQL for big data and web app development

    According to Dice.com, employer demand for for NoSQL skills spiked 49% in 2014. Not only that, job search engine Indeed.com listed MongoDB as the second most searched keyword on the site in terms of growth in recent months. There’s myriad options for people looking to learn more about NoSQL, but one of the most common applications used is MongoDB.