“Thirty years ago we didn’t have computer-science departments; now every quality school on the planet has a CS department. Now nobody has a data-science department; in 30 years every school on the planet will have one,” WSJ, Big Data’s Big Problem: Little Talent
Big Data has been sexy for a little while now. Clearly, a lot of new data is being created (1.8 zettabytes this year alone) and in turn, a lot of jobs will spring up as a result (1.5 million additional managers and analysts in the United States alone)
But what I’ve been trying to figure out is where these trained employees are coming from - I’ve seen one class on data mining, but no clear major or direction of study producing these much needed skills. So I asked around - and got these results.
Personally, I think that these things, plus a genuine interest in the types of data being interpreted will introduce a class of smart and passionate interpreters. But until then, how do we make this a more commonly understood position?