Louis Columbus has given us some important stats surrounding the state of the Big Data jobs industry in his midyear update and it makes for interesting reading.
What it has shown is that there are some vastly dominant companies who are utilizing a large percentage of the data literate in society are being drawn to specific companies, mainly big data vendors. In fact, of the top 10 Big Data Employers, only 2 aren’t direct Big Data vendors, Accenture and Amazon (although arguably the latter’s web services do leverage significant data technologies).
There are also three primary industries currently hiring data centric roles - professional, scientific & technical services, IT and manufacturing. They are also offering a median salary of $104,850, up by $1,4850 from the start of the year. This may suggest that although there are more people hiring for Big Data positions, they are finding it difficult to find the correct people to fill them.
These hires are also taking place in predictable places too, which happen to be the places with the most jobs and the positions that pay the most.
At the top of this ranking is San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, with 2,500 jobs posted surrounding Big Data and a salary range from $94K-$156K. There is only a difference of 250 job postings between the top 3 (with San Francisco at 3 and New York at 3), but when you get down to number 10 (Atlanta) it is only 549 available jobs, showing that demand for these roles are predominantly still in the silicon valley and high tech areas.
The top 10 industries currently hiring (and percentages) are:
1. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (25%)
2. Information (IT) (17%)
3. Manufacturing (15%)
4. Finance and Insurance (9%)
5. Retail Trade (8%)
6. Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (4%)
7. Wholesale Trade (4%)
8. Educational Services (2%)
9. Other Services (2%)
10. Health Care and Social Assistance (1%)