Granted, the 2011 McKinsey report Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity might not have the literary legs of a Dickens work, but it did set the stage in terms of defining the role and the importance of a data scientist.
Six years later, however, most of us remember just one paragraph, the doomsday prediction of a data science talent gap, which we immediately paired with the Tom Davenport declaration that data scientist is the sexiest job.
It's time to look at just how sexy the data science role turned out to be, and whether the data science talent gap really will put on chill on corporate analytics initiatives in 2018, just a few months from now. All Analytics Radio will host an interview with John Reed, senior executive director for recruiting firm Robert Half Technology, Thursday, March 23, at 1 pm (EDT).
Reed has insight into just how important data scientists are. He has at his fingertips data from his company's annual salary guide, and, yes, "data scientist" is among the fastest growing jobs when it comes to salary. But there are other tech and data jobs that are growing, too.
We will look not only at what data professionals earn but how their role has changed in the past few years. Most employers long ago gave up the idea of hiring "unicorns" who offered exceptional tech certifications, business experience, and personal communication skills. Some companies are looking for candidates who meet most of the job definition, and fill in the missing skills with a second employee. Others are relying on citizen data scientists.
But we also will examine the day-to-day role of data scientists, the impact they are having on their organizations, and how the data science concept is viewed by organizations. It wasn't that long ago that data science and analytics were little more than advisory functions sitting somewhere only tangent to IT and the business unit. In a few short years that has changed, with analytics moving to the core of so many businesses, and even our personal lives.
So, join us on Thursday for the discussion with John Reed, and bring your own comments and questions to share on our text chat board as you listen. Register now.