You’ve heard the hype about big data before, but have you ever considered a career in this cutting edge IT field? Big data jobs are trending in every industry, and employers recognize the value of this exciting field as they scramble to fill positions.
"Big data is getting bigger by the day..."
“Big data is getting bigger by the day and the avenues for continued growth are readily apparent in everything from consumer marketing to biotechnology research,” says Caitlin Kliesmet, chief data scientist at Everfest. “It’s easier than ever for just about anyone to start collecting and utilizing data on just about anything.”
Companies in every field – from online retailers to health insurance carriers – need skilled employees with the technical know-how to transform all of that data into meaningful information that can boost their profits. A growing field like this offers a whole slew of career opportunities for those who want in on the action.
6 exciting big data jobs worth considering
The term "big data" is somewhat abstract in that there is no formal definition of the field. However, there are several positions that fall under this umbrella. And when it comes to these big data jobs, the current demand drastically exceeds the supply, according to Matt Bentley, founder and chief scientist at Growth AI and CanIRank. He believes employees with solid experience in this area will have their pick of job opportunities from large companies and leading start-ups alike.
Ready to get in on the action? Let us introduce you to a few of the up-and-coming big data jobs. Learn a bit about what each of these positions entails, the earning potential and the projected growth.1 You never know — one of them could end up being your future job title!
1. Data analyst
Salary range (2017): $77,500–$118,7502
Projected job growth (2016–2017): 3.8%
These problem-solvers spend their days analyzing data systems, creating automated systems for retrieving information from the database and compiling reports. Though they work closely with other members of their team, data analysts should also be comfortable taking the reins and working independently.
Salary range (2017): $98,500–$148,5002
Projected job growth (2016–2017): 3.6%
Database administrators tackle the day-to-day work of managing a company’s database. This includes handling updates and modifications, maintaining safe backups and ensuring the database remains stable. If you’re detail-oriented and would enjoy working on a team to keep a database running smoothly, this is one job you should keep your eye on!
Salary range (2017): $116,000–$163,5002
Projected job growth (2016–2017): 6.4%
Data scientists analyze raw data and present their findings to business leaders so their company can make smart decisions going forward. They need both technical skills and business savvy in order to use data to make recommendations about trends and actions that could lead to business growth. Anyone who thinks analytically and prefers the corporate side of the business world should seriously consider this big data job.
Salary range (2017): $131,250–$184,0002
Projected job growth (2016–2017): 4.1%
Data architects are the team members who understand all aspects of a database’s design, from the inside out. They work with big data engineers to create data workflows that achieve their company’s goals, and they’re responsible for designing and testing new database prototypes. These valued data pros also put their creative skills to use as they turn business directives into database solutions. If you like thinking outside the box, this big data job could be the perfect balance for you.
Salary range (2017): $122,250–$177,0002
Projected job growth (2016–2017): 3.7%
These creative tech professionals are expected to understand the big picture of database technology. They lead the data team and maintain their company’s entire database environment, along with standard management duties like adjusting their department’s budget and managing personnel. If your tech savvy comes with a strong dose of leadership and people skills, this may be the perfect big data job for you.
Salary range (2017): $135,000–$196,0002
Projected job growth (2016–2017): 5.8%
Big data engineers are the mediators between business executives and data scientists. These stellar communicators make sure data scientists understand the company’s major goals so they can put data to work in a way that achieves those objectives. In addition to helping the engineering team process data in accordance with business goals, they also handle large amounts of raw data and evaluate new data sources. This is an ideal career choice for a strong communicator who possesses a healthy balance of business smart and technical know-how.
As you can see, this growing field is full of potential—so don’t miss out! Big data jobs come in all shapes and sizes, it’s just a matter of finding the one that best aligns with your skills and interests.
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1Salary ranges and job growth percentages came from the Robert Half 2017 Salary Guide for Technology Professionals. Job descriptions based on the Robert Half Technology Job Description Glossary.
2Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.