It's estimated that 2.5 Quintillion bytes of data are created every day (IBM). As more data is being collected on where and how we click, email, chat, or capture photos, professionals are needed that can turn that data into useful insights.
It’s clear that companies view data as a critical corporate asset and need to transform their data into information that will help them make smarter business decisions and drive growth.
The fastest-growing roles are Data Scientists and Advanced Analysts, which are projected to see demand spike by 28% by 2020 (Forbes). The highest range of salary spectrum in the field of analytics belongs to the Data Engineering and Big Data Architecture occupations (Forbes) and as the demand steadily increases and the talent supply remains low, data analytics professionals are getting paid more and more. In addition, big data and analytics professionals have a huge influence on company policies and marketing strategies. They’re becoming leaders.
Conversely, data analytics skills provide the perfect opportunity to become a well-paid freelancer or consultant for some of the biggest firms in the world. And it can be done from anywhere; you don’t have to be tied to a desk.