The New Wave of Big Data Professions

The New Wave of Big Data Professions

2015 is over and “big data” is still the hottest commodity on analytics developers’ CV’s. But what’s next? As the datasphere continues to expand exponentially – every two days we create as much data as was created between the beginning of time and 2003-the roles associated with making, and keeping, data as a key function in the organisation can only multiply.

As IT recruiters, we regularly place candidates into roles bearing titles that just wouldn’t have existed even 15 years ago, but an explosion of new monikers has taken place even since 2013-all brought about by the importance placed on a strong internal data structure within companies.

Below, I’ve put together a (by no means exhaustive!) list of some of the new and fresh role titles that I’ve seen recently – stay tuned for more as the year progresses!

Machine-learning Scientist

Until recently, machine-learning was a nice-to-have in job specs, something a bit nebulous and as a lovely extra to have in a data scientist-type role. This year, however, it has become a discrete role in organisations, combining statistics and data mining with expert-level scripting and developing skills, purely for the purpose of developing machine learning technologies.

Data Change Agent

Every organisation looking to transition to a data-driven model needs someone to manage this sometimes drastic change-it’s predicted that this will become a far more common formal role, encompassing Six Sigma to drive continuous improvement, within even traditional organisations.

Data Steward

The thinking behind this role is that every tiny piece of data in an organisation should be owned by someone, ideally a business unit. They will assure that all data sources are properly accounted for, and may also maintain a centralised repository as part of the company’s overall MDM strategy.

Chief Data Officer

An obvious one, this, but the first time that we’ve seen someone driving the data strategy from the C-suite, and a real of importance given to running an organisation in a data-driven way, the it’s part in overall company strategy.



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Eleanor McShortall

Eleanor Mc Shortall recruits in the area of Big Data and across the industry of IT and Telecom. She is a senior recruiter who finds people jobs from Graduate to Director level. Get in touch with her at