Big data means big IT job opportunities -- for the right people

A slew of new jobs is expected to open up in big data, but not everyone in IT will qualify. Here's what employers will be looking for.

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But once hiring managers find the right type of person, they're usually willing to retrain that person to fill a big data role. For example, Patil used to work at LinkedIn, where, he says, "we largely trained ourselves, because so much of this is open source." He thinks the same thing can happen at most companies. "You can make these people" -- if they have the right personality, he says.

IT workers who are flexible, willing to learn new tools and have a bit of an artist somewhere within can move into data architecture or even data visualization, says Sacheti.

In short, big data carries big potential for IT pros who would relish an opportunity to show their creativity.

Frequent Computerworld contributor Tam Harbert is a Washington, D.C.-based writer specializing in technology, business and public policy.

This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.

Copyright © 2013 IDG Communications, Inc.

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