For the first time ever, jobs relating to big data are ranking high among the IT skills wish lists of top executives. With the increased demand of big data analytic capabilities and the increased need to control the data bottleneck, enterprises are hiring skilled coders, programmers, and “data scientists” more than ever.
In fact, data analysis/analytics ranked 4th in skills recruiters desire for 2013 ; it was not even in the top 10 in 2012, according to a survey by technology career site Dice.com. Gartner analysts project that by 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs will be related to managing big data and interestingly enough, one of the most popular job titles, “Software Engineer” is dwindling on job boards as companies are looking for more specific skills.
Regina Casonato, managing vice president of information management research at Gartner, says that “In IT, we believe there will be need for individuals skilled in data integration, data preparation, enterprise content management, datawarehousing, large-scale database management systems, and data sourcing -- how to get data from social, public sites and censuses.” Casonato even believes that the role of “Chief Data Officer” will soon emerge. Unfortunately, due to the lack of formation and education in these types of specialities, a third of the 4.4 million big data-related jobs will remain unfilled. So to stay ahead of the trend and find innovative and unique job opportunities, unemployed IT professionals should avoid the uneducated curve and specialize in big data.