Data Scientists in High Demand

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Data science jobs are tops in IT but finding enough qualified people to fill the jobs is a challenge.

The median salary for data science professionals is $116,840 according to Glassdoor, making data scientist one of the top 25 jobs in the country. But supply is far behind demand. According to a report by TechTarget, on any given day there are around 450 job postings for data professionals, coming from every kind of company, including healthcare, retail, and telecommunications companies.

“You can come right out of school and make good money [as a data scientist], and there isn’t slack in demand,” Paddy Hannon, CTO and senior vice president of audience and analytics at Edmunds.com, told TechTarget. “We have all of this data, and we need people who can live it, breathe it and find ways to act on the data.”

In the healthcare market specifically, IT professionals experienced in predictive analytics are reportedly in high demand. Predictive analytics are used to enhance the patience experience while streamlining workloads.

“I believe the area that sees the biggest demand right now is predictive analytics, because it has a real impact on patient outcomes,” Donna Carroll, principal at healthcare recruiter Systems Personnel, told Information-Management.com. “Indeed, nearly every hire in healthcare today is about increasing efficiencies, reducing costs, and most importantly – improving the patient experience.”


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Sue Walsh is News Writer for RTInsights, and a freelance writer and social media manager living in New York City. Her specialties include tech, security and e-commerce. You can follow her on Twitter at @girlfridaygeek.

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