Real-Time Data Analysis: Where the Jobs Are

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Data analytics experts will be needed for everything from energy production to financial services and marketing.

Very few if any studies have been conducted on the career opportunities resulting from the real-time technology explosion. As streams of data arrive from the Internet of Things, ecommerce, financial services, and other sectors, real-time analysis is shaping many technology jobs.

A recent report in Money explored some emerging career opportunities arising from the Internet of Things, which of course, is built upon real-time technology foundations.

One rising career field, for example, is the agricultural technologist, who will “specialize in soil analysis, livestock care or crop yields,” the Money report states. “With a variety of technologies, farms can track all of their vehicle locations and fuel levels and also see how much fertilizer or herbicide has been applied to specific parts of certain fields. During harvests, farms can get real-time updates on yields as combines bring in crops. Areas with lower yields may be marked for additional fertilizer the next planting season.” Sensors planted in soil and on livestock can help monitor these assets as well in real time.

Related: Winery acquires taste for real-time insights

Another career on the move is that of “grid modernization engineer,” an individual who will be putting smart grid technology in place, which will intelligent load balance power going to homes, businesses and public services.

What kind of actual job openings are now out in the marketplace, made possible by or reliant on real-time technology? A perusal of various job boards points to additional opportunities now seen across a range of emerging job categories:

Real-time data analytics jobs

Traffic engineer (geolocation platform provider): These professionals will be charged with building and maintaining live traffic systems, “bringing up-to-the-minute traffic data to customers worldwide.”

Software developers for real-time financial systems (FinTech vendor): These developers will “work across the development lifecycle, building an exciting, disruptive, innovative digital finance product,” and “take our prototype and turn it into reality.”

Inbound marketing specialist (financial services): This specialist will “implement and support existing, new or changing inbound, real-time marketing interaction strategies and rules which leverage marketing database systems and processes,” as well as “support the day-to-day management and setup of marketing strategies/initiatives across multiple channels via enterprise marketing management system/processes.”

Related: Industry insights — financial services

Marketing product database consultant (healthcare consulting): This job entails supporting the real-time capabilities of the marketing organization, and predicting “emerging customer needs and develops innovative solutions to meet them.” This professional also will work with a sophisticated real-time campaign management tool “to support a variety of marketing partners and initiatives.”

Software developers for real-time databases (tech services): This firm is “looking for a developer who wants to be a part of building the next generation of extreme scale, real-time databases.”

Senior software engineer (business information): This engineer will assist in the development of products that deliver real-time market data to customers.

Real-time payment technical specialist (tech services): This specialist will help design, develop and implement “high availability online transactions processing digital wallet applications.” Areas of coverage include “credit card payment processing applications, digital wallets, emerging payments, mobile payments, NFC ecosystems, and payment networks such as Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover.”

Real-time management analyst (waste management services): This analyst works with the company’s call center to “manage real-time contact volume and staffing in order to enable the department to meet established performance standards and KPIs.” The analyst “analyzes real-time center and agent performance to identify, adjust and communicate any necessary changes in call routing and staffing to achieve service level, staff productivity and adherence goals.” The job also involves performing “root-cause analysis to determine and quantify reasons for forecast variance; monitors and external factors that may impact forecast volumes.”

Destination coordinator (real estate services): This coordinator will monitor, in real-time, the progress of real estate transactions and document flow. This individual will help ensure “a smooth and successful closing by tracking closing documentation, reviewing pertinent information for accuracy, as well as reconciling figures on the closing statement.”

Related: How Trulia uses artificial intelligence to sell homes

Workforce management real time analyst (healthcare): Tis analyst will work with the organization’s contact center and will be “responsible for measuring real-time adherence, managing call flow and adjusting schedules in an accurate and timely fashion in order to meet stated service level targets. “

Senior real-time power operator (utility): This professional will “schedule, control and dispatch output for generating units including conducting commercial transactions and monitoring scheduling activities on one desk. Determines generation requirements to meet obligations through monitoring real-time status information pertaining to available generation to meet obligations, and identifies excess generation available for the spot market.”

Related: Industry insights–energy

Geo-location operator (government contracting): This individual will be involved with national security activities, and will “produce geo-location data to support the development of various intelligence reports, conducting general and directed radio frequency searches on targets of interest.”

More on this topic:

Hot IoT jobs for 2017

Seven career paths opening with the industrial IoT

About Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is RTINsights' Industry Insights Editor in charge of contributed case studies. He is a regular contributor to Forbes on digital, cloud and Big Data topics (full bio). Follow him on Twitter @joemckendrick.

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