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Career Trend: Big Data Should Be on Your Shopping List

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Mike_Feature_09_12_iOS6 Security and Privacy FeaturesMike_Feature_09_12_iOS6 Security and Privacy FeaturesBig data easily makes the ranks one of the worst buzzwords of the decade, but there is little doubt that what we understand as the big data trend today will have massive implications on IT, and eventually transform into a common scenario a few years from now.

As much as we hear about technology and solutions addressing the big data trend, we do not hear about those who will actually be enabling companies to move into the big data era.

In one of its technology predictions for 2013 and beyond, market research firm Gartner mentioned one particularly interesting number relating to big data talent, that should get some attention in IT. Gartner believes that there will be 4.4 million jobs in big data by 2015 globally, but companies will only be able to fill one third of those.

If Gartner is right, there appears to be a looming lack of talent to actually staff big data strategies. Those jobs will include data management, analytics and business expertise, as well as neighboring talents such as visualization of data that could be enabled by designers.

For those who are interested in getting a job in big data, it is also good advice to keep in mind that it is a buzzing industry with many small players at this time. The entire IT services market is estimated at a volume of $1 trillion at this time, but Gartner believes that low-cost cloud service may affect up to 15 percent of the revenue of the major outsourcing players.

There will be acquisitions and there will be market consolidation, which Gartner estimates will displace up to 20 percent of the top 100 IT outsourcers. Especially those IT services providers that do not invest enough in industrialization and value-added services "will disappear through merger and acquisition," Gartner said.

Wolfgang GruenerWolfgang GruenerWolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the blog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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