Big Data, Java and Other Developer Skills: Top Hiring Priorities
A Dice survey shows growing demand for big data skills, and developers—particularly those with Java, mobile and .NET talent—continue to be much sought after.When it comes to job prospects, big data may be bigger than many think. For the first time, jobs related to big data ranked high among the top IT skills on hiring executives' wish lists for 2013, a new study from career site Dice.com shows. Big data jobs such as data analysis/analytics, which did not even make it into the top 10 last year, ranked fourth in the type of talent or skill set hiring managers and recruiters consider a top priority for 2013, according to the findings of Dice's survey of more than 1,000 tech-focused recruiters and hiring managers. Data analysis/analytics came in behind Java/J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) developers, in first place both this year and last; mobile developers, which rose to second place from third last year; and .NET developers, which climbed to third in 2013 from fourth in 2012. Some tech industry watchers may be skeptical about big data because the concept is relatively recent, broad and abstract, but demand for data analysis/analytics jobs is emerging, said Dice.com Managing Director Alice Hill. "To me, that does not say 'hype,'" she said. "Opportunities range from data analysts who work with complex streams of data and compile trend reports, to high-end data scientists at the Ph.D. level with a strong background in natural language processing and forecasting analytics." The ability to sift through and manage the vast amounts of data, or big data, that organizations generate has become a competitive advantage in nearly every industry. Gartner analysts project that by 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs will be generated globally to support big data; however, they warn that the talent required to fill the available positions is insufficient and that only a third of the 1.9 million big data jobs are likely to be filled.
With just a little more than 900 job postings, data analytics/analysts is still a small category on Dice, but the trend resembles that of cloud and mobile when they first emerged, which is "a good indicator of its trajectory," Dice's Hill said.