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July 19, 2011

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One should be aware that the winds of fashion blow very strongly in the realm of job descriptions in any field even remotely related to computers. This does not necessarily indicate disconnection from reality: managers will often do their best to force required tasks into the job descriptions of the people they have or can get. 'We have hired hammers; therefore, everything is a nail.'

I can't help but notice the scales on the graphs are vastly different. On the first graphs, the job postings for 'statisticians' fell by almost 0.02% of all of the job postings, while 'data scientists' only rose from 0% to 0.003% of all postings. Pretty much the same story is found with the R users in 2011. So am I right in saying that the actual numbers for such jobs fell?

Perhaps if we extrapolate from the growth of 'data scientists' we can reach such conclusions. But I think it's still a bit premature to do so.

Hello,
Note that google trends also found an increase for the words "big data":
http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=%22big%20data%22&date=1%2F2006%2072m&cmpt=q

good

You could also use the Chrome Extension "Indeed Job Box" to customize your job search keywords like ("Big data" OR "data scientist") and monitoring any new jobs in this industry

I want to start a career in this industry but I'm too paranoid about it being a passing fad? *dilemma*

Pretty much the same story is found with the R users in 2011. So am I right in saying that the actual numbers for such jobs fell?

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