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Five Reasons Your Organisation Must Invest in The Datapreneur

On the 7th of December 2017, LinkedIn’s 2017 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report was published.

According to this report, the job market in the U.S. is brimming with fresh and exciting opportunities for professionals in a range of emerging roles.

New types of jobs mean new potential for workers at all levels, especially for those looking to change careers. December is typically a time when most people in careers, revisit their career plans and take the time during the holidays to ‘strategize’ their next career move.

The good news is that the future looks bright with job growth expected to outstrip growth during the previous decade, creating 11.5 million jobs by 2026. It is interesting to note that 65% of children entering primary school today ultimately hold jobs that don’t yet exist.

The not so good news is – are you and your organisations really prepared to manage this change?

With the onset of the digital age there are two certainties. We will have lots and lots of data and of course we have people.

The people and organisations that are most likely to be successful are the ones that can manage both their data as well as their people, well enough to manage emerging changes effectively.

To this end, in my book The Billion Dollar Byte, I introduce the datapreneur. Where datapreneurship is a mandatory competency for digital age success.

The linkedin report interestingly points out five reason, which in fact support the need to invest in the datapreneurship competency.

Here are five reasons the from the LinkedIn report.

Tech is king

Jobs with the top growth potential are tech-focused, with demand coming from tech and non-tech companies alike. Machine learning engineer, data scientist, and big data engineers rank among the top emerging jobs — with companies in a wide range of industries seeking those skills.

Soft skills matter

Not all of the emerging tech jobs require technical skills. Sales development representative, customer success manager, and brand partner rank among the top emerging jobs at companies where a technical background is not a necessity. Traditional soft skills like communication and management underpin all of these emerging jobs.

Jobs with high mobility on the rise

Several top emerging jobs reflect broader societal trends, such as wellness, flexibility and location mobility. More people are getting healthy which could explain why barre instructor featured among our emerging jobs. Not quite as surprising, licensed realtors ranked highly as the post-Great Recession recovery of the real estate market rolls forward. Just in the past year, the number of licensed realtors has surged 40 percent. This type of roles tend to be more widely distributed across U.S. regions.

Low supply of talent for top jobs

Data scientist roles have grown over 650 percent since 2012, but currently 35,000 people in the US have data science skills, while hundreds of companies are hiring for those roles – even those you may not expect in sectors like retail and finance – supply of candidates for these roles cannot keep up with demand.

Future-proofing skills is critical

Some of these emerging skills didn’t even exist five years ago, and many professionals are not confident their current skill set will be relevant within the next 1-2 years.