Are we still short on data scientists? Has the 2019 data mining dry spell come to an end? Let’s investigate.
Those of you who had their ear to the ground in recent months will know that there is a worldwide shortage of data scientists. With the digital age expanding at the rate that it is, we are in dire need of technicians knowledgeable enough to push us further forward with her progress. These technicians are called data scientists, and for the last two to three years, the world has been worrying because there just aren’t enough of them.
There’s Too Much Data
That’s right, data scientists are going extinct. There simply aren’t enough of them to keep up with the growing demands of big data. And this is the true issue. Human beings are now producing so much data everyday (2.5 quintillion bytes daily) that they simply can’t process it all. We are having to develop new systems to retrieve the information we need out of the masses of data that comes across our desks every day.
If you imagine a computer with all the market research funnels running through your website, and you’re sitting at that computer trying to decipher all. It becomes an impossible task. Mere humans can’t cope with it. We need computers that can do this for us.
The problem with getting computers to process this data for us, is that computers can’t write their own code. We need the architects, the scientists, and the data miners to step forward and create this code that will run the computers that process the data on our behalf. And it’s not happening.
What Does This Mean for The Technical Workforce?
We are at a technological crossroads. We have come past the point where we are producing enough data and are moving into a grey area that no one is sure about. What do we need at this crux? More data scientists, software developers, and people that can code – because none of us business owners really know what we’re doing.
What are the predictions if we don’t find more data scientists? Some people say it’s a dying career. Some people say that they’re already retraining elsewhere. We say that without a fresh wave of young talent we are going to end up unable to process these big data dumps that we have. Businesses will therefore lose out in a wealth of market research data that would otherwise be used to better their growth. The thought of all that wasted information as enough to make any good businessman feel nauseous.
How Do We Fix it?
If you work in IT and have recently been made unemployed due to coronavirus, then this is an excellent opportunity for you. The people that manage data are going to be making the most money in the upcoming years. Using a training course, the likes of which is offered by Hays Technology, could see you much better off than you are now.
There can be no denying that the future of our ability to process data relies on people, not computers. Until we have built Ais capable of writing their own code, which let’s face it, is a dangerous game to be playing, then people are what is going to drive the digital revolution. We just need more of them.