The rise of big data and the digital explosion has seen a host of previously unheard positions being created. The Foundation for Young Australians claims that up to 70% of young people are currently preparing for jobs that will no longer exist in the future. What should they be preparing for?
Head of Data
The Head of Data will be responsible for the management, collection and storage of all data that an organisation produces. Particular challenges will arise around secure storage and how best to collect the data from different parts of the organisation.
Particular challenges will face an organisation’s very first Head of Data. Rarely will a new data hire go into a positon finding that all the groundwork has been laid. As the popularity of big data grows, this will slowly change.
Web Designers and Developers
Data will need to be presented and interacted with. While a Head of Data or strategist may be able to collect data, web designers will need to take it to the internet. One of the biggest challenges facing big data is accessibility.
Web developers and designers will be called upon to build new platforms and methods to interact with data. Alongside traditional development skills, it will be expected that they are comfortable with data and can analyse the information that their software or platform creates.
A data strategist will work closely with the Head of Data to find new ways to collect information. A data strategist will need to have a long-term outlook and will have to predict where the next set of data is coming from.
One of the most interesting tasks for a data strategist will be identifying new forms of information. As the ability to measure human sentiment and attitude becomes more accurate, a data strategist will need to understand how these new analytics affect organisations.
Moderators and Moderator Teams
With so much data being created (and most of it user developed) moderator teams will be needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Sentiment data (like from social media) will be collected and analysed for value before making its way further up the data management chain.
Moderators will come to the fore when data is made public and can be publicly contributed to. An interesting moment (which may never happen) is peak data. Will moderators and analysts become so good at finding valuable data that enterprise and governments will no longer need to take a vacuum cleaner approach?
Translators will be required to explain and present the data to the lay person. Where once an analyst could have handled this task, there will now be such data deluge that more communicators will be needed.
A real world (although not data focused) example of this is Apple with their Genius Bar. They were ahead of the curve by creating teams that had the technical skills but also the communication skills when discussing Apple technology.