Data

Tools and techniques related to managing, analyzing, and understanding large amounts of data.

The Highest-Paid Big Data Skills

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Yes, “Big Data” has become one of those buzzwords, along with “cloud,” that’s way overused these days. But it’s clear that employers want tech pros who can analyze massive datasets and deliver actionable intelligence: According to the most recent Dice Report, firms in several states consider data-analytics skills a critical resource, one that they’re more than happy to shell out big bucks to obtain. Dice found that a full 24 percent of survey respondents in Seattle had Big Data skills—an… continue…

Dice Report: The Hottest Big Data Markets

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Looking for tech professionals with Big Data skills? Not surprisingly, many companies are. It’s probably also not surprising that the highest concentration of tech professionals with Big Data skills can be found in predictable places. More on that in a moment. Some of the hottest skills associated with Big Data, namely Hadoop, MapReduce, HBase, Flume and Pig, are amongst the top 10 highest-paid tech skills, according to Dice’s Annual Salary Survey. Big Data is becoming a must-have skill set across… continue…

Want to Boost Your Pay? Learn Data Analytics

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Data analytics: It’s not just for data scientists anymore. According to a new report (PDF) from the Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), more than half of the American workforce (that’s 74.3 million people) works with data in some way. Some 10.3 million of those workers rely on “fairly sophisticated” software to perform data analytics. The ESA defines a “data job” as one in which an employee: Analyzes data or information Processes information via coding or categorizing Interacts… continue…

Post-Snowden, Americans Leery on Web Privacy

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The Edward Snowden revelations about the extent of the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance are no longer breaking news, which means it’s time to see whether those disclosures had a long-term effect on how Americans perceive their privacy, and how they protect their data online. Fortunately, some new survey data from the Pew Research Center provides insight into those very questions. While a majority of Americans (9 in 10) have heard about the U.S. government’s extensive surveillance programs, only a third… continue…

How We Data-Mine Related Tech Skills

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One of the earliest and most interesting data science projects we’ve embarked on is automatically learning which professional skills relate to one another, based on our data. For instance, if someone lists data science as a skill, it’s likely they also know machine learning, R or python and Hadoop. This project has a lot of potential uses on our site, from suggesting related skills when a user adds technology skills to their profile, to enhancing our search and job recommendation… continue…

Google’s Latest Shot in the Online Storage Wars

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Google believes that no company can afford to destroy any of its data. And while the price of storage has crumbled in recent years, companies can still find it expensive to retain massive amounts of data over the long term, especially when you throw in the costs and infrastructure associated with analyzing it. In its bid to compete with Amazon, which offers archival storage in the cloud via its “Glacier” service, Google has introduced Cloud Storage Nearline, a long-term storage… continue…

Necessary Skills for Database Analysts

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Despite an ever-increasing number of specializations within the Big Data space, there’s still an overwhelming need for traditional database analysts. Much of the current hiring is for junior and mid-range positions, so candidates can expect salaries anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 for starters. According to Janine Davis, principal at Fetch Recruiting, “Database analysts have to straddle both hemispheres of their brains.” If you’re currently seeking work in the field, you may want to exercise your brain’s left hemisphere by engaging… continue…

Interview Tips for Data Security Analysts

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It’s easy to argue that the most significant issue facing technology today is the security of online data. As demonstrated by recent mega-breaches, IT security pros can barely keep up with increasingly sophisticated threats, and the need for talent with a solid security skill set is therefore great. The security field needs critical thinkers, not just candidates with good resumes. These top-notch practitioners want to know “why” something happened, not just “how,” and they’re not always comfortable following a list… continue…

H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative for Engineers, Leads

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Ever wanted to know how much H-1B holders make per year? Developer Swizec Teller, who is about to apply for an H-1B visa, took data from the U.S. Department of Labor and visualized it in a series of graphs that break down H-1B salaries on a state-by-state basis. Teller found that the average engineer with an H-1B makes $87,000 a year, a good deal higher than developers ($74,000) and programmers ($61,000) with the same visa. “Don’t call yourself a programmer,”… continue…

Getting Rid of Lenovo’s Superfish Vulnerability

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As you may have heard by this point, Lenovo loaded an adware package called Superfish Visual Discovery onto many of its devices. Annoying? Absolutely: Nobody likes an add-on that inserts sponsored links into your search results. But Superfish became downright dangerous when security researchers realized it could easily double as a handy tool for a man-in-the-middle attack, thanks to its ability to always appear as a “Trusted Party” to websites. The revelations have left Lenovo scrambling to repair the damage.… continue…