Turning Static into Solutions: The Big Data Degree Dilemma

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Evanna

Posted in News on 30.10.14

Turning Static into Solutions: The Big Data Degree Dilemma

If you’ve been checking out LinkedIn’s news feed lately, or frankly any business news site, you’ve probably seen a lot of talk about “Big Data”. The ambiguous title seems to be easily associated with any technology-focused article recently. Numerous people seem to be playing the pronoun game, talking about it without even explicitly defining it. Not to imply they don’t know what they’re talking about; they’re industry professionals with decades of experience, however, that can sometimes work against you. When you’re so adjusted and accustomed to a business filled to the brim with acronyms, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is as bathed in the parlance. So let’s talk about Big Data using some less turn of the century language.

Simply put, Big Data is statistical analysis and management of vast sets of data. It’s almost the same old song and dance that statisticians are used to, only the scope is scaled up by truly massive quantities. The storage size of the data isn’t the only parameter that makes data “Big” though, the depth of information that the data provides is incredibly pertinent. The information 'Big Data' provides to researchers helps distinguish outlier data from new patterns and relationships. This is most likely the reason why these jobs are so hard to fill; to be a Big Data Scientist (at least a good one) one must possess the ability to scour these unimaginably large data sets for patterns and relating events. Not only that, but they then must be able to interpret those connections and turn them into real and meaningful insight. It would be like studying the black and white noise on broadcast television and identifying the patterns.

So then comes the question: How does one become a Big Data Scientist? What schools offer a degree in this field? While there are quite a few out there, they vary greatly in name and requirements. From “Master of Science in Marketing Analytics” which builds on any undergraduate degree in a year to a year and a half, to “Masters of Science in Computer Science” with a concentration in machine learning, which builds on a relatable undergrad degree and takes two years, we can see a decent spread in the title and breadth of degrees being offered across the country. Amidst all of this degree confusion is the fact that an individual's mindset is the most important indicator of talent, and this is nearly impossible to identify from a piece of paper. So just like Big Data Scientists, employers must dig deep into the knowledge of a job candidate to determine if their skill set is right for the opening.

Luckily for those in our community, LTS - Legal Technology Solutions, is a proven commodity in the art and science of locating, screening, and qualifying this highly sought-after talent. Our due diligence and quality assurance process is no secret. Ask any prospective job seeker who has utilized our services and you will find there are no stones unturned. On any potential search engagement, we spend hundreds of hours networking, obtaining industry referrals, conducting references, and proactively seeking out the rare and true gems otherwise unavailable through traditional means. When our highly experienced recruiters take on a new search assignment, they spend an enormous amount of time creating a positive PR campaign and spreading the word in a very niche and specialized community. The power of our combined ability to infiltrate every possible avenue of marketing and networking is both unmatched and undeniable. It is proven in our company’s seven year successful track record and a fact we take great pride in. Partnering with a recruiting agency that can differentiate between varying degrees, titles, and skill sets on a candidate’s resume is valuable, but having an industry expert actively seek out the best passive candidates is the only way you will find these Big Data Scientists, considering the demand for their talent is high and few of them will be unemployed.

If your company is seeking to hire talent in support of your information technology initiatives, don’t let volumes of big data resumes weigh you down. Allow LTS to assist you in sifting through the “applicant static” and securing the top talent your business needs to stay current and competitive in this rapidly evolving digital era.

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