Big data and analytics are transforming the way we work. Many HR managers are even shortening the review and revision process on job responsibilities and the task lists on position descriptions to reflect the active role that analytics plays.
Those already in the workforce should take steps to improve their skills in analytics, as more employees will be expected to work in this area. For individuals seeking their first jobs, taking an analytics course or two are strong entries to add to your resume.
The big data and analytics boom is also leading to the creation of new jobs. Here's a list of new analytics roles that some employees are filling.
Data scientists are hard to find; in addition, many companies can't afford to hire one. The result is the birth of the "citizen" data scientist—an analytically talented individual from the organization who does not have a formal degree in data science or engineering but who takes on the mantle of developing complex algorithms and queries of data that can yield breakthrough information for the company.
In April 2015, Gartner research analyst Alexander Linden described citizen data scientists as "people on the business side that may have some data skills, possibly from a math or even social science degree—and putting them to work exploring and analyzing data." Shawn Rogers, Chief Research Officer at Dell Statistica, added, "I think that 2016 could be the year of the citizen data scientist because users throughout the business want a more democratized approach to big data and analytics. Not every company can afford a data scientist, which is a big reason why citizen data scientists will become a big part of the data ecosystem as it evolves."
Manufacturing engineers and other machine operators and technicians at the "edges" of enterprises where machines are being used may soon take on roles that involve harvesting information from sensors in these machines and then moving the sensor-based input into software and systems that are running machines, coordinating machine-based operations and handoffs, and checking on machine health.
Other IoT roles will include engaging and programming advanced robotics and even stationary field-based sensors that report on environmentals at remote locations.