How to Boost Your Career in Big Data and Analytics

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Ronald Van Loon

Published on February 3, 2017


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The world is getting increasingly digital, and this means big data is here to stay. In fact, the importance of big data and data analytics is going to continue growing in the coming years. Choosing a career in the field of Big Data and analytics will be a fantastic career move, and it could be just the type of role that you have been trying to find.

Professionals who are working in this field can expect an impressive salary, with the median salary for data scientists being $116,000. Even those who are at the entry level will find high salaries, with average earnings of $92,000. As more and more companies realize the need for specialists in big data and analytics, the number of these jobs will continue to grow. Close to 80% of the data scientists say there is currently a shortage of professionals working in the field.

What Type of Education Is Needed?

Most data scientists - 92% - have an advanced degree. Only eight percent have a bachelor’s degree; 44% have a master’s degree, and 48% have a Ph.D. Therefore, it stands to reason that those who want to boost their career and have the best chance for a long and fruitful career with a great compensation will need to work toward getting higher education.

Some of the most common certifications for those in the field include Certified Analytics Professional (CAP), EMC: Data Science Associate (EMCDSA), SAS Certified Predictive Modeler, and Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist (CCP-DS). The various certifications are for specific competencies in the field.

Now is a good time to enter the field, as many of the data scientists working have only been doing so for less than four years. This is simply because the field is so new. Getting into big data and analytics now is like getting in to the ground floor of a vibrant and growing area of technology.

Multiple Job Roles

Many professionals who are working in the field today have more than one role in their job. They may act as researchers, who are entrusted with mining company data for information. They may also be involved with business management. Around 40% of professionals work in this capacity. Others work in creative and development roles. Being versatile and being able to take on various roles can make a person more valuable to the team.

Being willing to work in a variety of fields can help, too. While the technology field accounts for 41% of the jobs in data science currently, it is proving to be important in other areas too. This includes marketing, corporate, consulting, healthcare, financial services, government, and gaming.

Add More Skills

To become more attractive to the hiring companies, those who are in the big data and analytics field can work toward adding more skills by taking additional courses. Some of the options to consider include:

Continuing to take courses to keep abreast of the latest technologies will provide you with the edge needed to become a valuable member of any team. It shows initiative and drive, and it makes you an asset to the companies.

Keep up with the Changes

The field of big data and analytics is not static. As technology changes and develops, so will the field. It is vital that those who are in the field of big data and analytics and want to upgrade their career, take the initiative to stay up to date with any changes that could affect the field.

Opting to work in big data and analytics could be a great career move.

Read on to learn how to boost your career in this area.

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About the Author

Ronald is named one of the 3 most influential people in Big Data by Onalytica. He is also an author for a number of leading big data & data science websites, including Datafloq, Data Science Central, and The Guardian, and he regularly speaks at renowned events.


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