Why data scientists are in demand and how they enable big data

Summary:Just as big data is one of the hottest topics in IT, data scientist is one of the hottest jobs. IBM's James Kobielus explains what the role involves and why it's so important.

The role of "Data scientist" isn't new but it has evolved into one of the hottest jobs in tech, as IBM has suggested that there will be 1.2 million new jobs in big data analytics created over the next decade. A big portion of those jobs will be for data scientists.

In this two-minute video clip, IBM big data evangelist James Kobielus explains what a data scientist does, the skill set that it requires, how they collaborate with subject matter experts to deliver important insights, and why the role is so important to the future of IT and big data.

This clip is part of the bonus coverage of ZDNet's Techlines event, "Big Data Debunked – Finding the Data Signals," on October 4, 2012 in New York City.

Topics: Big Data, TechLines


Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book Follow the Geeks.

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