"Open source has changed the technology landscape, and you're seeing that in the skills that proliferate as well as the types of jobs employers are hiring for," says Dice.com's Goli. "The more agile, flexible and scalable a technology is, the more companies can develop proprietary products that help them gain an edge," and open source certainly fits the bill.
Puppet, an open source IT automation tool with the cute name, is anything but child's play. It has gained a foothold with some of tech's biggest players and Puppet Labs completed a $40 million round of investment funding in June. Goli says Dice.com expects tech professionals with automation and orchestration experience to continue to be on hiring managers' wish lists.