Maximising your earning potential in IT means developing the right skills. "Big data" — identifying trends from the masses of data that are created by everything we do online — remains a highly in-demand area, with Gartner suggesting that demand for those roles will far outstrip supply over the next few years.
"By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support big data," Gartner analyst Peter Sondergaard said at the official opening of the Gartner Symposium event on the Gold Coast today. Around 1 million of those will be in the Asia-Pacific region, he predicted.
That will also lead to an employment boom in non-technology jobs. "Every big data created job in this region will create employment for 3 people outside of IT," Sondergaard said.
Filling that boom will be difficult, however. "There is not enough talent in the industry," Sondergaard said. "Our public and private education systems are failing us. Therefore only one-third of the IT jobs will be filled. Data experts will be a scarce and valuable commodity."
That emphasis on big data chimes with other advice we've encountered. "The superstars over the next couple of years will be these DBAs with good modelling skills," Longhaus managing director Peter Carr predicted earlier this year.