July 2013: Big Data Sprawl


Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 4.38.39 PMIf you think there isn’t a connection between home improvement and Big Data, reconsider, because big data is becoming a part of just about every major industry. Once mostly confined to government think tanks and the Pentagon, big data is expanding its reach into business in a big way. Proof point: Just three percent of “big data” jobs currently posted on Dice require security clearance, meaning there’s no need for talent to concentrate their careers in the defense and national security corridors of Washington, D.C.

In fact, Silicon Valley is now home to 24 percent of the big data jobs posted on Dice. That’s an impressive percentage, considering that Silicon Valley represents just seven percent of all jobs posted. While New York and Washington D.C. have the second and third most big data job postings, it’s Boston and Seattle that stand out when considering their relative rankings in total job postings. Boston and Seattle each claim three percent of all jobs posted on Dice, but have seven and six percent, respectively, of the big data jobs posted.Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 4.38.35 PM

Clearly, there are many household names seeking big data talent. In a recent nationwide study, the research firm Gartner found that 42 percent of IT leaders have invested in big data technology or plan to within a year. That’s evident in the cities that overindex in big data jobs, which are not all concentrated in the nation’s capital or the nation’s known tech capitals.

Seven of the top 10 markets overindex big data:

  • Silicon Valley
  • Boston
  • Seattle
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Los Angeles

The jobs posted on Dice represent just how diverse the needs and uses of big data expertise have become. Businesses and industries seeking tech professionals with big data skills include: food manufacturers, retailers, consulting companies, gaming, online travel, consumer finance and insurance companies. And, we have to add ourselves to the list, Dice is transforming itself with our own big data recruiting service, Open Web.

Scot Melland
Chairman, President & CEO
Dice Holdings, Inc.

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*A single job posting may reflect more than one skill, location or type of position; therefore total figures for those attributes may be greater than total jobs posted.