Growth of cloud computing, big data analytics holds implications for job-seekers

Growth of cloud computing, big data analytics holds implications for job-seekers

As the government attempts to ameliorate the economy in the United States, jobs in IT, cloud computing, government cloud computing and big data are expected to enjoy success. Big data analytics could help governments make insights to better accommodate citizens, while government cloud computing initiatives could save millions of dollars, making specialists in demand.

Universities are beginning to offer advanced degree programs in big data analytics, while the growth of cloud computing jobs has increased by 72 percent. The EU expects to jumpstart economic growth through producing a projected 2.5 million private and government cloud computing jobs, as well.

Universities offer degrees in big data analytics
According to ComputerWorld, universities are quickly adding advanced degrees to help meet the demand for experts in big data. The programs cover IT, data science, business intelligence and other aspects of enterprise computing, all in the hopes that its students will go on to benefit government organizations, corporations and more, reported ComputerWorld.

The University of Texas, Northwestern University, Louisiana State University, North Caroline State University and New York University are just some of the institutions set to offer degree programs. The University of Texas will usher in its first batch of students in fall of 2013 and it won't be difficult to fill the slots, according to ComputerWorld.

"Getting 50 [students] is not going to be the issue; figuring out where we want to cap it might be the bigger issue," program director Michael Hasler told the news source.

It is expected that the students will go on to use big data insights in a job market that needs their help. According to a recent McKinsey study, a job shortage is expected to impact between 140,000 to 190,000 people in 2018.

Jobs for cloud computers
Big data analytics is not the only realm looking for experts, as cloud computing jobs have enjoyed a 72 percent increase since last year, said Alice Hill, managing director of, a tech-focused job site, according to ComputerWorldUK. The most popular job position is cloud architect, followed by cloud software engineer and cloud sales executive, reported the news source.

Even though companies want specialists who have built clouds for large businesses among other skills, they are looking for people who can bring their knowledge to create relevant and tailored solutions.

"So yes, [companies] are looking for the right person, but in a sense they are also looking for some direction in terms of how the cloud can best be implemented in their own, unique environment," Chris Brenton, a cloud security architect, told Computer WorldUK.

Job-seekers will be at an advantage in a market where businesses and government agencies desire technical skill.