Understanding the Evolving Data Science Jobs Landscape

It’s no secret that jobs involving data science and analytics are growing quickly, leading to talent shortages.

But nuances exist within that broad category, according to a study by IBM, Burning Glass and the Business–Higher Education Forum. Researchers plotted job titles on a two-by-two matrix (shown below) according to the difficulty of filling each position and the number of new positions expected in the United States in the next five years.

Data scientist, data engineer and director of analytics are the fastest-growing and hardest-to-fill positions (with high costs to hire). The researchers hope their work will boost awareness among employers, educators and workforce development officials of the looming “analytical capabilities divide” — and prompt those groups to train more people for the positions in greatest demand.

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