Employment opportunities for data experts are also abundant with national demand for data scientists is expected to exceed supply by up to 190,000 jobs by the year 2018.
For example, there was a 123.60% jump in demand for Information Technology Project Managers with “big data” expertise (Forbes, December 29, 2014). The immediate need for professionals versed in data science is fueled by the explosion of data generated online from social networks and mobile devices, to real-time sensors and purchase transactions. However, the issue is not just a short supply of analytics professionals. Companies need people who have talents that bridge the technical side of analytics with business intelligence and business decision-making. Professionals with these skills will be able to use their analytical skills to determine which business opportunities have the highest potential for commercial success, develop a business strategy and make savvy business decisions to execute the strategy.