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Discussing the “Data Scientist Shortage”

by Michael Koploy, BI Specialist, Software AdviceMonday, September 30, 2013

Earlier this summer, I was interested to learn about the Big Data Jobs Index, put out by the team behind data science board icrunchdata. The report analyzes job posts in the icrunchdata database and has created a real-time benchmarking system to show which jobs are in demand, and which are on the rise.

Not surprisingly, job postings for “Big Data” lead the pack. What did surprise me is the lack of job postings for “data scientists.” One of the hottest topics over the past couple of years, it seems that the segment was, as a whole, a little underrepresented. What was the story behind these numbers, and what can we learn about the job market from them?

After doing a bit of research, I saw that icrunchdata cofounder Todd Nevins was right down the street from me in Austin, Texas. I invited Todd to come by the Software Advice office and share his take on the the market.

In the video below, we’ll cover the increasing segmentation within the job market, how businesses are acquiring top data professional talent today, and why business acumen may be more important than ever.

About the author

Michael Koploy is an analyst for Software Advice, where he reviews business intelligence software applications. He's also Managing Editor of Plotting Success, a blog dedicated to covering how business intelligence helps create more intelligence businesses. Catch him on Twitter @PlottingSuccess!

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