Thursday, September 26, 2013

And now, the ladies will find you sexy because of Big Data too!

Big Data is a hot topic - so hot that recently Harvard Business Review called data science “the sexiest job in the 21st century”.

Today there is a scarcity for professionals, and companies are fighting for talents. In the next five years, this scenario will be much worse. In the US alone, according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute, 500,000 new jobs will be created but there will still be a shortage of 190,000 specialized professional to fill up them. In addition to that, the market will need over 1.5 million executives and support staff with at least basic knowledge in data related technology.

Probably know what you are thinking:
“Interesting, but how much money can a data professional make?”

Michael Rappa – Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics in the North Carolina State University – gives us a reference; the average salary for a graduated student is $89,100 - $100,000 but for those with more experience, the answer is a classic economics theory: higher the demand higher the price.

"What does a data specialist do?" 
Here is a list of the principal Big Data Job titles:

-Data scientists: The top level in big data. This role is probably closest to what a 2011 McKinsey report calls "deep analytical talent."

- Data architects: Programmers who are good at working with messy data, disparate types of data, undefined data and lots of ambiguity.

- Data visualizers: Technologists who translate analytics into information a business can use.

- Data change agents: People who drive changes in internal operations and processes based on data analytics.

- Data engineers/operators: The designers, builders and managers of the big data infrastructure.

Now, if you want to be the next talent in big data and don’t know how to start, several of the top world universities are offering a good range of courses and degree in this field.

And if the numbers don’t attract you to the job, remember a job in Big Data is going to make the girls find you sexier!

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