The Big Data Job Boom

An excellent blog post by John R. Platt about the predicted job boom for people skilled in interpreting and understanding Big Data.

“Everywhere you go, everything you do, you’re generating data, and so is everyone around you. Your mobile phone usage, your internet browsing behavior, the way you drive your car, the number of times you buy turkey at the grocery store…all of that data is being collected and used by companies around the world. The massive growth in this information — which has exploded in volume, velocity and variety — has given rise to a new name for a new field: Big data.

But the explosion of data has also given rise to a tremendous need for skilled professionals capable of dealing with all of this information. In fact, the numbers of people needed in big data are simply staggering. According to one new projection from McKinsey & Company, the U.S. alone faces a shortfall of 140,000 to 190,000 big data professionals in the next five years. Another recent study from Gartner suggests that 4.4 million IT jobs worldwide will be needed to support big data by 2015. That’s a lot of potential employment for the right people.”

The key point is to understand what skills the “right people” for these jobs will have and it’s not as simple as having the ability to interpret and analyse data to find business-related insights …

The full article (of which this is a short extract) is very worth reading:


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