The ability to turn large amounts of raw data into useful information is increasingly important in both the workplace and in society,and knowledge adequately.
That’s the conclusion drawn in a new “occupational-skills profile for the big-data-enabled specialist,” released recently by the Oceans of Data Institute, a part of the Waltham, Mass.-based nonprofit Education Development Center Inc.
The institute pulled together the skills profile with help from more than 150 “big-data professionals,” including an astrophysicist, an expert on ocean-floor mapping, a Microsoft data scientist, a Google search-engine-analytics expert, a law-enforcement analyst, and a journalist.
“Hard” skills such as applied statistics and familiarity with algorithms were deemed essential for the job, but equally important, the panel emphasizes, are “soft” skills, such as analytical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to discern patterns.
A version of this article appeared in the January 07, 2015 edition of Education Week as Student-Data Professionals