Big data-related jobs ranked fourth among the top information technology (IT) skills hiring executives are looking for in 2013, according to a recent Dice.com survey of more than 1,000 tech-focused recruiters and hiring managers. Java/Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition, mobile development, and .NET development skills ranked first, second, and third, respectively, in the survey.
In terms of big data analysis, "opportunities range from data analysts who work with complex streams of data and compile trend reports, to high-end data scientists at the Ph.D. level with a strong background in natural-language processing and forecasting analytics," says Dice.com's Alice Hill. By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs will support big data, but the talent required to fill the available positions is insufficient and only about 1.9 million of those jobs will be filled, according to Gartner. "The message for IT pros is to look at ways you can specialize in your job — ways to add value, even at the entry level," Hill says.
The Dice.com report also ranked IT job growth across regions. New York City, Washington, D.C./Baltimore, Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Los Angeles ranked as the top five regions for IT growth.
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