“2016 will be exciting for Big Data – Big Data will go even more mainstream. 2016 will also be the year when companies without solid big data strategies will start to fall behind. In terms of technology, I see particular growth in real-time data analytics and increasing use of machine-learning algorithms.”
- Bernard Marr, Big Data Guru and Best Selling Author
Back in 2011, Fortune Magazine predicted that Data Science would be the next new gig in tech, and with each passing year their prediction holds more and more true. We've certainly seen this trend increase with the needs of our customers, especially in the last year. Unfortunately, recruiting for Big Data Engineers proves more difficult than sourcing for your average software developer. Fortunately, TalentBin can help!
Before we begin sourcing for these engineers, it's important to know exactly what we're looking for. So what is Data Science, anyways?
Data Scientists make sense of all of the digital information a company collects every day, ranging from anything between sales reports and customer tweets. To take this a step further, Data Engineers develop solutions to make sense of all of this information. It's a job that requires knowledge of scripting languages, but also databases and other technologies.
What else should we keep in mind before we begin our search?
- Specific skill sets needed for data engineers varies from company to company. Make sure you have a clear idea from your hiring manager or client of the specific skills this job will require.
- Job titles also vary between companies. Focus on doing a skill-based search. (You can include the role as a nice to have if necessary). (See Figure 1)
Figure 1: Making the role a "nice to have" will help broaden your search results.
- Good Big Data engineers are already employed. This is a role that requires passive recruiting, and taking the time to build these relationships will pay off in the end.
- Big Data roles require extensive knowledge of Hadoop technologies and platforms. Make sure you are familiar with these tools (see Figure 2).
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