There’s a “massive” skills gap in the database industry and a particular need for expertise in managing and implementing Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise (DSE) within engineering, administrator and architect job functions, according to new research from DataStax.

The provider of database software for cloud applications surveyed more than 250 members of its DataStax Academy, and found increasing demand for NoSQL database experts, specifically those trained on Apache Cassandra.

Nearly one quarter (73%) of respondents agreed that Apache Cassandra is critical to their job function, and of this group nearly 60% said Apache Cassandra was not critical to their job six months ago. More than one quarter of respondents held existing certifications in Hadoop, MongoDB, SQL Server and Oracle, but felt it was necessary to receive additional training/certification in Apache Cassandra.

Only 8% of respondents think the current pool of skilled NoSQL experts is enough for the demand in the DBMS industry.

Engineers are introducing new database management platforms into the workplace, according to the research. More than half of survey respondents reported that they are responsible for introducing new technologies to their organizations that would help increase productivity, improve efficiencies and inspire innovation.

Another finding is that there is a high demand for more Apache Cassandra and NoSQL training courses, with 37% of respondents saying they are interested in increasing their knowledge of Apache Cassandra, specifically for personal growth reasons.

Respondents found that the skills are becoming a job requirement and want to have an advantage for future career prospects, the study notes. A majority (85%) also agreed that free courses are one of the most important factors to encourage participation in a new training course.

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