Peter Sondergaard, a Gartner analyst predicts that “Every Big Data related role in the U.S. will create employment for 3 people outside of IT. So in the next 3 years, a total of 6 million jobs will be generated by the information economy.”
According to Gartner, data science is top business priority in 2015 and there are several options for people interested to pursue a career in working with data. If you are among those individuals interested in exploring a career with big data, the two major exponentially growing career options that you have are data scientist and big data developer.
For all the big data professionals who have the required technical expertise for enabling a company’s big data initiative- this is an incredibly advantageous time. With demand for big data talent booming, professionals can enjoy having an upper hand as they make best use of their skills in an organization they love working at. But the most important question – “How do you know what your dream companies are looking for when hiring data scientists and big data hadoop developers?”
We organized a DeZyre InSync session to answer this question through a live webinar on – “What Companies Hiring Data Scientists and Hadoop Developers are looking for?” We had the pleasure to invite industry expert Bob Kelly, Founder & Chief Recruiter at CareerPlanners to help professionals understand the recruiting dynamic in the big data space.
CareerPlanners Inc. is a recruiting company that helps big data companies find premium applicants for various big data job roles (data scientists, hadoop developers, hadoop administrators, data engineers, etc.) through effective search methods and extensive target advertising that can add value to the available big data hadoop job positions. CareerPlanners Inc. has worked with Cloudera, IBM, MapR, SAP, and Hortonworks. CareerPlanners Inc. has customers and partners from various industrial sectors like –social media (Match.com), Oil and Gas, Agero, etc.
You can click on the link below to listen to a recording of the recent webinar on “What Companies Hiring Data Scientists and Hadoop Developers are looking for?” by Bob Kelly.
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The foremost step to land a top gig as a data scientist or a hadoop developer is to choose the company. Professionals need to find out “Which companies are looking to hire?” The best way to do this is look around various job portals and newspapers to find out which industries are hiring big data professionals.Whenever there is news about acquisitions, take overs or any other such business information in various industries- there are increased job opportunities for big data professionals. Professionals can choose a company based on their area of interest, the industry they would like to work in, their preferred workplace location and the size of the company. All these parameters should be aligned with the overall goal of the individual based on their previous background and experiences.
Data Scientists can find increased number of opportunities in various industrial sectors like Retail, Health, Oil &Gas, Energy, etc. Data scientists should focus on working at a company that makes the best use of their business acumen. There are several websites like datajobs.com which list good number of big data positions for the job role of hadoop developers, data scientists, data analysts and data engineers in US and across the world.
Hiring managers or recruiters for big data job positions have specific requirements for a particular job opening and each one needs a different candidate. Some might consider experience as a priority, for some technologies known could be a priority or understanding of the business acumen. The applicants must understand what they need- do they need people who have worked with real time systems or people who are back end oriented or front end experts,etc.
Recruiters look at your resume to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Applicants must be prepared to address their weaknesses when questioned. For instance , if a person does not have sufficient experience- he/she can demonstrate to the recruiter that they have accomplished a task based on client requirements within the given time frame even without X years of experience which is required to do the job. You need to convince the recruiters that you are the best fit for the job even if you do not have the required experience. Map your background with the requirements of the recruiter.
All these salaries are excluding the bonuses and have been taken from the survey findings of datajobs.com.
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Applicants must not focus on the money but lay emphasis on the job opportunity and what career growth it can bring in the future. Recruiters don’t want to make a bad hire because it can be a costly affair, thus applicants must get a clear picture on what the company needs. The goal of hiring mangers is to hire people who are interested in the job and have the capability to grow in a particular big data position by making a positive impact on the company. Remember, hiring managers are not looking for unicorns, ninjas, pirates, 10x data scientist or Master’s degree they need people of all ethnicities, genders and backgrounds who can effectively solve the data problem a company has.
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