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More Professionals Needed to Work With Big Data



By Chris Hassan
Posted November 14, 2012 12:00 PM

Big data to create big job opportunities.
Big data to create big job opportunities.
New data is now constantly being created from many sources. Whether social media users are posting on Twitter or customers are making purchases through an online retailer like Amazon.com, big data is being generated. With so many people using these and other websites, it should come as no surprise that around 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day, according to IBM.com.

As the volume of existing big data increases, the need for information technology (IT) professionals who are equipped to work with all this data is growing. In fact, Gartner, an IT research and advisory company, expects big data to generate 4.4 million new IT jobs around the world - 1.9 million of which will be based in the U.S., Computerworld reports.

"There is not enough talent in the industry," said Peter Sondergaard, Gartner's head of research, as quoted by Computerworld. "[Education] is failing us."

However, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is one institution that is dedicated to preparing students for careers in big data, according to Forbes. The university's College of Computing and Informatics offers a master's degree and doctorate degree in bioinformatics, while the college is also collaborating with the Belk College of Business to develop a professional science master's degree in business analytics and informatics. All three degrees are designed to include a focus on big data.

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