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Q&a: What's Needed to Get a Big Data Job?

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Michael Rappa of the Institute for Advanced Analytics

"Big data isn't a new specialty or suite of tools we have to train people into, as much as it's a new organizational reality that everyone will need to adjust to occupationally," says Michael Rappa of the Institute for Advanced Analytics.

Credit: North Carolina State University

The torrents of data produced by social networks, sensors, supply chains, and every imaginable device are creating new jobs. Gartner estimated this week that big data will create 1.9 million new jobs in the U.S. through 2015.

Michael Rappa saw this emerging trend and in 2007 became the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University, which created a Master of Science in Analytics program, the first academic program devoted to data analytics. Universities around the U.S. are now establishing similar advanced degree programs.

In an interview, Rappa, who previously taught at MIT, explains what constitutes a big data job and the types of training people will need to get them.

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