The Growth In Big Data: Industry Job Trends

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17 October 2014

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There was a time, not so long ago, that technology was its own sector of the job market. IT professionals who wanted to land the best tech jobs went straight to the tech industry for those positions. Times are changing, however. There has been a steady rise in demand for technical talent over the last several years across all industries. One of the biggest booms for professionals can be found in big data analytics.  There are hundreds, if not thousands of big data positions popping up across the country each week as companies invest heavily in intelligence, data, and analytics.

According to, the top jobs in big data require skills and expertise in:

  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • SQL
  • Predictive modeling
  • Scorecards
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Business Insights
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Economics

The rise of big data has led to some interesting trends when it comes to hiring and recruiting. Just how has data transformed the employment landscape?

The Rise of the Project Manager

As companies hop on the big data train, many experience growing pains. Shifting from Excel spreadsheets, SharePoint, and Crystal Reports to new BI platforms is no simple feat. Organizations are looking to hire entire teams to assist with migrations and implementations, and there is a real demand for project managers who can oversee these projects. These PMs are the liaisons between statistical modelers, IT data warehousing teams and business stakeholders, and must be knowledgeable in big data tools and technology. They must be able to keep a sharp eye on not only the technical aspects of migrations and implementations, but also the business aspects of these projects. PMs with industry-specific expertise will thrive as companies of all sizes continue to move away from legacy technology into new BI and analytics platforms.

New York: The New Silicon Valley?

Thanks to the rise of big data analytics, New York outpaced Silicon Valley in the creation of new jobs in 2013. In 2014, there has been a steady increase in tech openings throughout the country. Big Data professionals will be able to stay closer to home – or travel to almost any region of the country to grow their careers – as companies continue to look for new ways to mine, store, analyze, and use customer data.

The Culture Wars

The tech sector is known for its innovative startups with relaxed working environments and generous stock options. For many years, these companies have managed to scoop up the best and brightest thanks to their “Silicon Valley” cultures. This left more traditional organizations struggling to meet their need for big data analytics professionals.  In order to compete and attract top Millennial talent, these traditional organizations have started to shift the way they think about their culture and work environments. It’s not uncommon to see companies trading cubicles for open floor plans, relaxing dress codes, and adopting flex time and telecommuting opportunities for employees. This trend is likely to continue, as more data-savvy Millennials enter the job market.

If you are a professional with skills in big data and you’re looking for new opportunities in this booming field, contact Onboard Recruitment today. We specialize in analytics and data-related positions in a variety of fields, and we look forward to connecting you with your next job. When you create a confidential profile, you’ll receive hiring alerts as new jobs are added matching your preferences and criteria.

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