Big Data Skills Give Job Applicants Winning Edge In Almost Any Field

Pam Baker | FierceBigData | September 6, 2013

Job applicants with big data skills have the edge in securing employment these days. And, no, I'm not just talking about those looking for work in the analytics and IT fields. Big data is on its way to being every bit as pervasive as the Internet in almost every job. In other words, just like workers are expected to be able to use email, research and browse the web, use software, and even videoconference online at almost every job position, so too will workers be expected to have at least some level of big data skills.

The good news is that you won't need a degree in computer science or math for these outside-IT jobs. All you'll need is to be big data savvy and have finely honed critical thinking skills to help form the questions and understand the results.

In other words, creativity and critical thinking skills are what you need to bring to the big data table, but you can leave the computer science stuff to the IT team.