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Big Holes in Big Data

The number of jobs out there with “big data” in their titles is not only incredible, but increasing. Think big data software engineers, big data scientists, big data DBA/systems administrators. And while you’re at it, think big opportunity.

Loads of businesses, particularly those on the SME end of the scale, are increasingly finding themselves in the uncomfortable crux of acknowledging that big data has a massive role to play in their futures — and admitting that they have no idea how to harness its promise.

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And so it is that the biggest consequence of the big data revolution appears to be a massive HR shortage. The talent deficit is on two fronts: data scientists who can perform analytics, and analytics consultants who can understand and employ the data.

A recent McKinsey Global Institute study projects that the US will face a shortfall to the tune of about 190,000 of the former, and another 1.5 million of the latter, by 2018.

Specifically, says tech job site Dice.com, the demand for job skills related to data processing — NoSQL, Apache Hadoop and Python, among others — has hit an all-time high. Job hub Indeed.com hones in further, declaring MongoDB the most commonly mentioned of the NoSQL variants in job listings, with Couchbase, Redis, and CouchDB on its heels. Broadly, employers are looking for folks with expertise on the project administration and development side of these software frameworks.

And so it is that the emergence of big data is proving a boon for not only its beneficiaries, but for its facilitators, too.

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