Which Data Analytics Jobs Offer the Best Salary?
The number of data science and analytics (DSA) job openings will continue to grow impressively between now and 2020, according to recent research from Burning Glass Technologies, IBM and the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF). The accompanying report, "The Quant Crunch: How Demand for Data Science Skills Is Disrupting the Job Market," indicates that DSA jobs are paying many thousands of dollars more than other positions that require a bachelor's degree. And if you command a highly sought DSA skill—such as MapReduce, Apache Pig or machine learning—you'll be able to negotiate an even higher salary. What's more, it's taking employers more than a month to fill these openings. Given the extensive vacancies for these mission-critical roles, organizations are prepared to pay well to build a data-savvy workforce. "The democratization of data is transforming our world," according to the report. "Sensors are everywhere. … Old businesses are being transformed by data. Dynamic new businesses are powered by data. Anyone with a smartphone now carries with them a sensor platform generating data. In response, workforce needs have shifted rapidly. Demand for a new breed of professionals skilled in data, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence requires a requisite response from both higher education and workforce development. … To close the gap, workforce development and higher education must look beyond the data scientist to develop talent for a variety of roles, such as data engineer, data governance and lifecycle, and data privacy and security specialist, and data product developer." The research is based on an analysis of the Burning Glass Technologies jobs database.