Big Data Talent War: 10 Analytics Job Trends
March 28, 2012 09:05 AM A gap is emerging among data-savvy professionals, with big-data-analysis and predictive skills trumping routine business-intelligence and information-management talents.
Trend 7: Big-Data Practitioners Seek 'Data Scientists'
Ancestry.com, the popular genealogy website, is a big data shop looking to hire. Scott Sorensen, Ancestry.com's senior VP of engineering, says the company is looking to hire 80 new tech employees in Provo, Utah, and San Francisco. Most new hires will fill routine positions as Web developers, database administrators and the like, but the company is also looking for a dozen big-data-savvy professionals, including a handful of data scientists.
What exactly is a data scientist? It's tough to find an authoritative definition, but Sorensen says it's someone who is "skilled in taking a statistical approach to algorithm development. Many times they're statisticians, and they understand how to create statistical models that allow you to use massive amounts of data to develop algorithms."