Analytics – business tool of the future
In a recent report compiled by Forfás and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, it was estimated that by 2020 the country could create up to 21,000 new jobs in data analytics.
"We want to make Ireland an international hub for Analytics and there's no reason why that can't be achieved" Edel Lynch, Accenture Ireland's Head of Analytics told the Irish Independent this week.
The 'Assessing The Demand For Big Data and Analytic Skills' report noted a shortage of data analytics talent internationally indicating there is a significant opportunity for Ireland to corner that market.
And third-level institutions are reacting accordingly.
Analytics courses are now available at universities across the country, such as UCC, UCD and NUIG, and in the coming years more will inevitably be offered to Leaving Certificate students. Though many specialists may have to be drafted in from abroad.