Tapping into the Knowledge Bank: 5 Big Data Hiring Trends

March 13th, 2015

The Big Data job market continues to skyrocket, consistent with the ongoing uptick in demand for technical talent across the global economy. The tech industry in the United States grew 21 percent – by nearly 100,000 jobs – in 2013 and looks to be on pace for the same level of momentum this year. Within today’s most progressive organizations, IT has ceased to be a sector of its own and instead is ingrained in virtually every department and operational function.

Here are five industry hot hiring trends to keep on your radar screen:

UX Engineers

An increasing number of professionals are dedicating their careers to understanding how users interact with their systems – and analyzing how applications and client facing systems can be optimized for the best possible results. They’re known as user experience, or UX, engineers.

  • More and more developers are embracing UX skills and roles. This involves deep diving into consumers’ behavior, attitudes and emotions regarding a product, service or system, along with their perceptions of system aspects, efficiency, utility and ease of use.
  • They’ve been nicknamed “unicorns” for their “magical” problem-solving and cross-functional abilities. The best UX engineers are nonspecialized generalists within a particular vertical. From aesthetic design to user testing and beyond, they wear multiple hats and are often called upon to be both designer and developer in one comprehensive package.

Experts in Hadoop and Related Skills

Tools like Hadoop are making it possible for companies to mine valuable business intelligence to improve decision making and gain or maintain their competitive edge.

  • Due to this trend, NoSQL skills are in high demand. Employers also are seeking Hadoop-certified individuals with experience in distributed computing, MapReduce, Hbase, Pig and Hive.
  • Many of these hires are millennials and recent graduates. They embody creativity and forward thinking, both of which are prerequisites to success in Big Data careers.

Software Developers

Every organization is now considered a software company because technology touches every aspect of their business. Software developers have their fingerprints on every aspect of consumers’ lives, thanks to their code creations.

  • Developers are responsible for researching, designing, implementing and testing software. They also may take part in computer programming or project management. In many businesses, they’re tasked with creating a product from scratch according to customer specifications or with modifying existing software.

Database Administrators

These professionals are a company’s data guardians, managing the databases that store and organize it. They set up, fine-tune, upgrade and test databases to ensure that they operate efficiently and effectively.

  • The number-one responsibility of a DBA is data integrity. They install, configure and upgrade software and communicate relevant requirements to system administrators. Their additional duties typically also include controlling database security and conducting audits.

Data Security Professionals

Companies are moving increasing amounts of data to cloud-based systems and establishing more robust web presences. This movement, along with recent high-profile hacks at major retailers, has increased the need for IT security experts.

  • The role of the security professional is evolving into that of an expert advisor. They’ve gone from managing information security to managing the providers of that security. For instance, they obtain answers from third-party providers, in addition to finding answers and solutions themselves.

The specialized recruitment team at Select Group, Inc., is ready to partner with you so you build your talent pipeline in today’s drastically changing marketplace. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more about our specialized recruitment services.

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