Data science roles will be among best paid in near future, conference hears
Ireland must urgently invest in data science skills, an audience at a Big Data event in Dublin heard today.
People who can analyse the vast amounts of information collected from consumers’ online activities are valuable to organisations of all types and sizes, a panel of experts said.
Speaking at the briefing held by WXN (the Women’s Executive Network), Fionnuala Meehan, managing director of SMB sales for North and Central Europe at Google Ireland, said data science roles will be among the highest paying jobs in the future - the near future, Ms Meehan said.
Ireland must “urgently” ensure it is training people in this field, she added, which will have relevance for all careers.
“Not just for direct data science jobs but for everything – to be an entrepreneur, to be in fashion, to start your own business, to do anything.”
Companies are increasingly bringing data activities in-house, she said. “Companies have in some cases found themselves over-dependent on agencies who are aggregating data.”
The discussion was moderated by INM group business editor Dearbhail McDonald.
Kevin Sweeney, chief information officer at recruitment business CPL, said his company’s clients regularly seek data scientists – even though demand for skills in this area only really emerged less than two years ago.
The panellists also discussed internet users’ changing attitude to data privacy. Millennials, those born after 1980, increasingly value the privacy of their data. Governments and criminal investigations also put data privacy in question, the audience heard.
Google receives thousands of requests for data from governments and state authorities every year, Ms Meehan said. Around 65pc are granted.