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Big Data to Create 1.9 Million IT Jobs in U.S. By 2012 (Computerworld)

 Big Data to Create 1.9 Million IT Jobs in U.S. By 2015 (via Computerworld), October 22

Big Data is becoming an engine of job creation as businesses discover ways to turn data into revenue, according to Gartner. By 2015, Big Data is expected to create 4.4 million IT jobs globally, of which 1.9 million will be in the U.S. Applying an economic multiplier to those jobs, Gartner expects that each Big Data IT job added to the economy will create employment for three more people outside the tech industry in the U.S., adding six million jobs to the economy. Against this backdrop, this is simply a shortage of skilled IT workers, meaning that only a third of the Big Data jobs will be filled.

Experts point out several reasons for the talent gap in Big Data, including the fact that educational institutions are not doing enough to prepare students for Big Data careers. In general, it is difficult to fill data analytics jobs, and that task is made even more difficult by the fact that entirely new sectors, such as healthcare, are now in search of IT workers with data analytics skills. This push by businesses to make money from their digitizing efforts will lead to new types of jobs in the next few years, specifically, chief digital officers. By 2015, Gartner predicts that 25% of organizations will have a chief digital officer.

Overall, Gartner expects IT spending to rise to $3.7 trillion worldwide next year, a 3.8% increase over this year. But that growth projection has been a moving target, especially with major vendors facing an uncertain economy. Big tech companies like IBM, Intel and AMD have all cited economic concerns and signs of an overall slowdown in consumer spending. Still, Gartner says consumer demand for tech devices continues to rise. In 1980, consumers spent less than 1% of their discretionary budget on technology; today, it's about 3.5%.


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