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Where Are the IT Jobs?

Monday, June 25, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alan Strong, Association Director

Early in June 2012, I attended a conference given by the U.C.L.A - I.S. Associates, on the subject of Harnessing the Disruptive Power of Big Data.

There were four prominent speakers to discuss what the problems of the future are and how to handle "Big Data" that is being stored in Computers throughout the U.S. and the world.

As a short history, not too long ago the only method of entering data into a computer was through a data entry person.

This is no longer true. We have made much progress in our ability to enter data into computers. We went from dedicated data entry to reading bard codes. Now we can automatically enter data from social networks and anything else that connects to our computer.

At the same time, basic core for computers has become cheap and the ability to store data has become easier and easier. Today many firms have so much data stored that they don't know how to get meaningful information out of the computer. Much less what to do with all the data they stored.

One of the presenters, Ms. Sharmila Shahani-Mulligan the CEO and Founder of ClearStory Data addressed the problems of accessing Big Data. At one time data was "structured”. But now that we are accessing data from multiple sources, it no longer is structured.

That brings me to the title of this article. She went on to say that Data Architects and what she called Data Scientists had a tremendous shortage of jobs across the U.S.A. She mentioned that her last statistics showed that the country is currently short 290,000 people to do these jobs.

In this economic climate, where jobs are scarce, this is a good thing to know.  Students and educators should be aware of these statistics to help insure that students are prepared for the job market when they complete their formal education.

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