October 24, 2012–The national talent shortage has been a hot button issue in recent weeks as the Presidential election approaches in November. America is producing fewer graduates of fields related to math, computer science and engineering. An article out of ComputerWorld, “Grad schools add big-data degrees“ reports on new programs hoping to rejuvenate the tech work force.
According to the story:
Colleges and universities are moving swiftly to create advanced degree programs to help meet what’s expected to be rapidly risingdemand among employers for specialists who can manage and analyze big data.
The schools are likely aware of a McKinsey report warning of a mega-shortage of analytical experts that could leave as many as 190,000 positions unfilled by 2018. They’re also responding to appeals from big employers like IBM and SAS Institute that have been lobbying college administrators to set up such programs.
Schools have offered analytics training for years, but the emerging advanced degree programs add instruction in the use of analytic and business intelligence tools to produce useful information from petabytes of datacollected from social media sites, sensors, transaction records, mobile applications and other sources.
This is really exciting for the industry as a whole. We’ve seen big investments in data analytics vendors, a litany of new platforms, and the “mainstreaming” of big data analytics. We’ve seen some fantastic advances in the last few years, like Digital Reasoning’s Synthesys, but 10 years from now with a highly educated workforce pushing the envelope for big data, the industry is sure to go places we can’t predict.