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How to make a career in Big data?

Cheap storage along with massive processing capability, big data is creating ripples in the business-IT world. With tools like Hadoop, it goes beyond comprehension as to how big the big data wave is going to be. What resulted out of this data revolution is a new set of jobs for the business IT professionals. Big data has made it simple for organizations to scoop out information from terabytes of data. Today, anything and everything is about harvesting the data. Whether it is the tool making industry or health care, auto repair or education- big data is transforming every industry. The dire need for smart technology has made big data inevitable. Thus, big data experts are and will be the most sought after because the world needs new devices and smarter technologies.

In this blog, we have put down five types of big data jobs that will drive the big data revolution.

Data Scientist: Linkedin’s data scientist Jonathan Goldman’s job has become a benchmark. Once a doctorate in Physics, ultimately became a data scientist after joining Linkedin. Goldman was supposed to make out a product from the huge amount of data churned out of social network. What resulted from that is what we see as Linkedin features like People you might know- It is an algorithm that looks up non-obvious links between people and suggests recommendations to make new connections.
Data scientists can be called the new heroes in the making who are not limited to just social networks and data warehousing firms. Industries who are using tools like hadoop are more inclined towards hiring data scientists, and that includes industries in retail, healthcare, consumer packaged goods and internet industry dealing with a huge amount of data.

Data visualization: “Just using excel is insufficient when you’re looking at hundreds of thousands of student records with hundreds of data points for each.When I got into admissions work, my job was to build relationships and work with families to get them to enroll. Today it’s about identifying which students we should be building relationships with and whether they fit the institution we are working for. I needed to find tools that would let me visualize data in a meaningful way”~ says Mary Chase, VP for enrollment at Creighton University.
Managing a database as huge as this is not a matter of guts. You need to have technology to support you. She says “it’s no longer acceptable in my profession to make decisions that are not data-driven” Ignoring data even if it is available will be nothing but a huge mistake.

Data Analyst: An analyst is deemed to be the most vital need of the hour for any organization churning out terabytes of data. Marketing manager of AxialMarket Cody Boyte is a coder as well. He basically engineers marketing elements in his organization. Being an analyst, he writes scripts to pull in data from various sources and analyses them to see its effectiveness. Boyte is a Journalism major and started off with building websites in WordPress and Drupal. Later he added CSS, PHP scripting, JavaScript and Python. “I may never know enough to be the tech lead in a startup, but I know that having an understanding of programming gives you a massive advantage in recruiting” says Cody.

Data Manipulator: Crunching data in Excel is not a matter of joke but Matt Giandonato, Digital Print Manager at Tukaiz sends his maximum time doing so. He says “I deal with data files every day. Opening a file in Excel is one thing, but learning how to combine files, sort them in certain ways, and break out data to work with different workflows was a challenge at first. But when demand for these products kept growing, we realized that this is the wave of the future”. Discovery has shifted its base from being on papers to being digital. Thus, clerk and paralegals are now replaced by data experts who knows exactly how to play with terabytes of data. Those competent with technology as well as law are now the hottest finds.

IT+Data=Role change: The present generation is moving towards big data. However, that doesn’t allude to the fact that IT will be REPLACED in anyway. What will happen is a change in the roles IT plays.IT professionals are becoming more dynamic every passing day. The present scenario calls for the IT pros to take up more interest in data related technologies as well. The result will be creative people doing more than just one thing at a time!

Blog Reference: InfoWorld Blog

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