But will they soon find themselves replaced by applications? Ben Sullivan explores the roles of data scientists and what it means for recent graduates:
As UK businesses look to exploit the massive explosion of big data to support evidence-based decisions relating to sales, it's becoming evermore apparent that they're going to need to hire staff with the right big data skills; data scientists.
This is good news for anyone studying data at university, as their skills will be in high demand and it's suggested that graduates will receive a starting salary of up to £32,000, which is a £6,500 head start on the average starting salary of £25,500.
Since 2011, university applications in the UK have fallen by 4.2%, as an increasing number of school leavers shun a university education in favour of apprenticeships or immediate employment. However, the Government's 'Strategy for UK Data Capability' published earlier this month recognises the need for Government strategy in this sector.
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