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Big data is growing exponentially, and job prospects for big data are following. Demand for big data skills is expanding, and according to a recent report by Dice, big data jobs have shown a triple-digit-surge annually. Many of you already know what big data is, but for those who don’t, big data is the term used to describe the exponential growth and availability of data, both structured and unstructured. Many companies are seeking big data IT pros whose skills include consulting firms, defense contractors, financial firms, and more. To help you get a better understanding of big data and what it means for job opportunities, our IT recruiters here at Atlas Consulting are sharing some tips from Dice’s report.


According to the Dice report, Hadoop is the most popular skill in the big data category, up 85 percent year-over-year. According to their website, “Hadoop is a free, Java-based programming framework that supports the processing of large data sets in a distributed computing environment.” It supports data-intensive distribute applications, and if you know how to use it there are many employment opportunities.


Big data jobs are finally more than defense and government-related careers. Previously, big data jobs required security clearance, but now they make up only 3 percent of available opportunities.


One thing that’s really great about big data is it spreads across all industries, meaning you don’t have to be tied down to a specific sector. Popular industries include food manufacturing, retail, consultants, online travel, insurance, gaming, and more!


It might be a little tricky to find a job in big data if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Job titles do vary from Software Engineer-Platform to Big Data Architect. Other common job titles include Data Engineer, Senior SDE Java, and Cyber Systems Administrator. Some jobs combine the big data aspect with other top skills such as Java.


There are also top cities for these jobs, and here are the top ten (in order):

  1. New York
  2. D.C. / Baltimore
  3. Silicon Valley
  4. Chicago
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Atlanta
  7. Boston
  8. Dallas
  9. Seattle
  10. Philadelphia


Maybe you already live in one of these cities, or maybe you’re searching to relocate, either way we can help! Contact one of our IT recruiters for more information on big data careers today.





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