Big Data Specialists in High Demand

January 28, 2013

Many IT jobs in the high-tech sector have received good news in recent months, but one type of tech professional in particular is in incredibly high demand: the big data scientist

“We’ve heard it’s a fad, heard it’s hyped and heard it’s fleeting, yet it’s clear that data professionals are in demand and well paid,” said Alice Hill , managing director of “Tech professionals who analyze large data streams and strategically impact the overall business goals of a firm have an opportunity to write their own ticket.”

A recent Dice study found that the average salary for IT workers grew more than 5 percent in 2012, to surpass $85,000. Big data specialists, meanwhile, receive substantially higher paydays, with annual incomes that total more than $100,000. 

An earlier report by Gartner projected that big data technology will produce 4.4 million IT jobs worldwide by 2015, including nearly 2 million in the United States. In addition, Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner, said that each big data-related tech job “will create employment for three people outside IT.” 

Sondergaard added that at the current pace, there won’t be enough qualified candidates to fill all of those positions, so data scientists will be a valuable commodity going forward.