How Big Data Is Creating Jobs

We investigate how Big Data is creating jobs around the world


Many claim that increased use of technology decreases the number of available jobs as automation means that people are no longer needed for roles that were previously labour intensive. What we are finding now though, is that Big Data and its use is actually creating jobs around the world.

So how is this the case?

The roles directly relating to Big Data are predicted to be around 4.4 million across the world. This could be anything from basic server upkeep to data science innovators, but the numbers reflect the spread of data across almost every country in the world.

As more companies look at their data efforts this number is likely to increase and we are going to see a significant increase on these already impressive numbers. The question is, what is the implication of data in 2015 and away from the jobs directly relating to data use?

2015 is likely to see a marked increase in the numbers of people involved within Big Data directly. This is because companies have realised that a single person department for data simply doesn’t work unless you have a data superstar. This means that different personnel are needed in order to make the most of the data that’s available and communicate its importance across the entire company.

This will mean that less technical employees will be brought into the teams to supplement and maximise how the data is being used. This is likely to be graphic designers for visualizations, marketing professionals for communication and in some cases even journalists to help communicate findings in a relatable way to other members of the company.

These non-technical roles (from the actual data processing capacity) are potentially only the tip of the iceberg in terms of hires that are due to data.

Companies who are utilising new data ideas have been shown to outperform and out-grow their competitors, meaning that more jobs will become available in all areas of these companies. This could go from extra cleaners needed to service the larger offices to additional members of the board as more departments require representation.

Even at larger companies who are unlikely to experience considerable growth, the reality is that through the use of data and the monitoring of particular departments, the delegation of labour will mean that more people will be brought in with data being able to predict growth areas in the business or where labour may be needed in the future.

Unlike many technical innovations in the past 50 years, rather than automating roles and reducing the opportunities for people looking for jobs, Big Data may well create rather than destroy possibilities. It is a strong indication of the power that data will have moving forward, lets hope that it can live up to expectations.


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