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  • 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.

  • A clear majority of professionals feel they are overweight, even when they exercise on a regular basis, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. To a large extent, they can blame the workplace lifestyle, findings reveal. Most employees snack on the job, while sitting at a desk all day. They frequently eat more than they should due to stress. And many dine out several times a week instead of bagging their lunch, even though preparing your own lunch is a great way to control portions with healthy ingredients. It helps that many companies provide gym passes, workout facilities and wellness benefits, but more professionals need to take better advantage of these resources. "Employee health is an incredibly important issue for employers, as suboptimal health can negatively impact workplace productivity, efficiency and morale," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "Providing employees the tools they need to get and stay healthy, then encouraging their workers to use these benefits, is a surefire way to maximize your talent and encourage employee loyalty." A total of 3,420 workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

  • Employees are feeling increasingly encouraged about the overall economy and their own professional prospects, according to recent research from CEB, now part of Gartner. The resulting "CEB Global Talent Monitor" reveals that perceptions are increasingly positive about the availability and quality of job opportunities. Subsequently, a significant segment of professionals are actively looking for a new employer, seeking more pay, better work-life balance and/or job stability. Don't mistake such sentiments for festering disengagement, however, as the majority of survey respondents said they're excited to go to work each day and are proud to be associated with their employer. To retain and engage these employees, organizations are offering enticing perks, such as "Summer Fridays," to give employees an early start to the weekend. "As the number of employees feeling more confident about their personal job prospects increases, companies must find creative ways to reward and retain their top talent," said Brian Kropp, HR practice leader at CEB, now part of Gartner. "Giving employees the gift of time via Summer Fridays is one low-cost way to improve employee engagement, which in turn can increase employee productivity and drive business results." More than 22,000 global employees took part in the research.

  • Relatively few IT employees feel their jobs are stressing them out, according to TEKsystems' annual "IT Worker Stress Test and Work/Life Balance" survey, and a decreasing number feel obligated to remain accessible 24/7, indicating a good work-life balance. The majority of IT pros surveyed said they can take a vacation in which they "totally unplug," and a significant number of them said they don't monitor work-related communications or activities when taking time off. In fact, most IT pros surveyed said they will seek employment elsewhere if they feel their job has gotten out of control. Given that stressful work situations cause sleeplessness and other health-related issues, it's not surprising that the majority of survey respondents are willing to work for less money if it means more balance. "We've seen for some time that it's a seller's market if you're an IT pro," said Jason Hayman, research analyst for TEKsystems, "so [tech workers are] less likely to put up with a more stressful environment when they know the opportunity is out there to find something better, less stressful, even if it's for less money." More than 800 North American IT professionals took part in the research.

  • You get only one opportunity to make a good first impression. When applying for a job opening, you often make that initial impression with your résumé. While you may think you have put together a great résumé—with a long list of impressive-sounding, tech-related accomplishments—a potential hiring manager may think otherwise. To provide guidance, Glassdoor has come up with the following checklist of must-do items before you send anything. Some tips speak to the need for format consistency and proofreading. Others address the importance of clear, focused writing. (Memo to IT candidates: Go easy on the tech jargon). In addition, the recommendations underscore the critical need for honesty, as a tiny "white lie" can grow into something more consequential: If an employer or recruiter checks out a detail and it turns out to be false, they may drop you from consideration for the job. The following list is adapted from the Glassdoor article "10 Things You Need to Check Before Submitting Your Résumé."