How to make a career in big data

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Cheap storage along with massive processing capability, big data is creating ripples in the business-IT world. With tools like Hadoop, it goes beyond comprehension as to how big the big data wave is going to be. What resulted out of this data revolution is a new set of jobs for the business IT professionals.

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<ul><li><p>Cheapstoragealongwithmassiveprocessingcapability,bigdataiscreatingripplesinthe</p><p>businessITworld.WithtoolslikeHadoop,itgoesbeyondcomprehensionastohowbig</p><p>thebigdatawaveisgoingtobe.Whatresultedoutofthisdatarevolutionisanewsetof</p><p>jobsforthebusinessITprofessionals.Bigdatahasmadeitsimplefororganizationsto</p><p>scoopoutinformationfromterabytesofdata.Today,anythingandeverythingisabout</p><p>harvestingthedata.Whetheritisthetoolmakingindustryorhealthcare,autorepairor</p><p>educationbigdataistransformingeveryindustry.Thedireneedforsmarttechnologyhas</p><p>madebigdatainevitable.Thus,bigdataexpertsareandwillbethemostsoughtafter</p><p>becausetheworldneedsnewdevicesandsmartertechnologies.</p><p>Inthisblog,wehaveputdownfivetypesofbigdatajobsthatwilldrivethebigdata</p><p>revolution.</p><p>DataScientist:Linkedin'sdatascientistJonathanGoldman'sjobhasbecomea</p><p>benchmark.OnceadoctorateinPhysics,ultimatelybecameadatascientistafterjoining</p><p>Linkedin.Goldmanwassupposedtomakeoutaproductfromthehugeamountofdata</p><p>churnedoutofsocialnetwork.WhatresultedfromthatiswhatweseeasLinkedinfeatures</p><p>likePeopleyoumightknowItisanalgorithmthatlooksupnonobviouslinksbetween</p><p>peopleandsuggestsrecommendationstomakenewconnections.</p><p>Datascientistscanbecalledthenewheroesinthemakingwhoarenotlimitedtojust</p><p>socialnetworksanddatawarehousingfirms.Industrieswhoareusingtoolslikehadoop</p><p>aremoreinclinedtowardshiringdatascientists,andthatincludesindustriesinretail,</p><p>healthcare,consumerpackagedgoodsandinternetindustrydealingwithahugeamountof</p><p>data.</p><p>Datavisualization:"Justusingexcelisinsufficientwhenyou'relookingathundredsof</p><p>thousandsofstudentrecordswithhundredsofdatapointsforeach.WhenIgotinto</p><p>admissionswork,myjobwastobuildrelationshipsandworkwithfamiliestogetthemto</p><p>enroll.Todayit'saboutidentifyingwhichstudentsweshouldbebuildingrelationshipswith</p><p>andwhethertheyfittheinstitutionweareworkingfor.Ineededtofindtoolsthatwouldlet</p></li><li><p>mevisualizedatainameaningfulway"~saysMaryChase,VPforenrollmentatCreighton</p><p>University.</p><p>Managingadatabaseashugeasthisisnotamatterofguts.Youneedtohavetechnology</p><p>tosupportyou.Shesays"it'snolongeracceptableinmyprofessiontomakedecisionsthat</p><p>arenotdatadriven"Ignoringdataevenifitisavailablewillbenothingbutahugemistake.</p><p>DataAnalyst:Ananalystisdeemedtobethemostvitalneedofthehourforany</p><p>organizationchurningoutterabytesofdata.MarketingmanagerofAxialMarketCodyBoyte</p><p>isacoderaswell.Hebasicallyengineersmarketingelementsinhisorganization.Beingan</p><p>analyst,hewritesscriptstopullindatafromvarioussourcesandanalysesthemtoseeits</p><p>effectiveness.BoyteisaJournalismmajorandstartedoffwithbuildingwebsitesin</p><p>WordpressandDrupal.LaterheaddedCSS,PHPscripting,JavaScriptandPython."I</p><p>mayneverknowenoughtobethetechleadinastartup,butIknowthathavingan</p><p>understandingofprogramminggivesyouamassiveadvantageinrecruiting"saysCody.</p><p>DataManipulator:CrunchingdatainExcelisnotamatterofjokebutMattGiandonato,</p><p>DigitalPrintManageratTukaizsendshismaximumtimedoingso.Hesays"Idealwith</p><p>datafileseveryday.OpeningafileinExcelisonething,butlearninghowtocombinefiles,</p><p>sortthemincertainways,andbreakoutdatatoworkwithdifferentworkflowswasa</p><p>challengeatfirst.Butwhendemandfortheseproductskeptgrowing,werealizedthatthis</p><p>isthewaveofthefuture".Discoveryhasshifteditsbasefrombeingonpaperstobeing</p><p>digital.Thus,clerkandparalegalsarenowreplacedbydataexpertswhoknowsexactly</p><p>howtoplaywithterabytesofdata.Thosecompetentwithtechnologyaswellaslawarenow</p><p>thehottestfinds.</p><p>IT+Data=Rolechange:Thepresentgenerationismovingtowardsbigdata.However,</p><p>thatdoesn'talludetothefactthatITwillbeREPLACEDinanyway.Whatwillhappenisa</p><p>changeintherolesITplays.ITprofessionalsarebecomingmoredynamiceverypassing</p><p>day.ThepresentscenariocallsfortheITprostotakeupmoreinterestindatarelated</p></li><li><p>technologiesaswell.Theresultwillbecreativepeopledoingmorethanjustonethingata</p><p>time!</p><p>BlogReference:InfoWorldBlog</p></li></ul>