A recent IDG Enterprise report on "Big Data" highlights somes of the growing trends and emerging opportunities for Data Scientists. In the report the results of a survey show that 34% of companies were "Hiring staff with analytics skills", while 40% report that the big challenges faced are the lack of skilled employees to both analyse and manage Big Data. Also, 24% of companies said that they plan to hire more people in roles such as Data Analyst and Data Architect in the next 12-18 months (see summary slides below).
This is good news for students studying Data Analytics at the National College of Ireland where we have nearly 200 students studying analytics. Recent Springboard and ICT Skills conversion courses have been highly successful, with the next one starting in September already booked out. Almost all of our students who finished last year are in employment either in full-time positions or internships. There is a real demand for people with data analysis skills - long may this (and full classrooms at NCI!) continue.