Focus on big data sees data scientists in demand

Employers encouraged to train existing employees
By Liz Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

For years, research firms such as Gartner, McKinsey and Accenture have predicted a shortage of data scientists in the near future — ranging from 100,000 to 190,000 in the United States.

What’s behind the scarcity? Big data continues to evolve and, as a result, big data professionals continue to specialize. 

This has created an increased demand, according to Stan Matwin, director of the Institute for Big Data Analytics in Halifax, adding there could be a shortfall of as much as 60 per cent by 2018 in the U.S. and Canada’s shortages will be about 10 per cent of those in the U.S.