Job prospects for big data keep growing

Job prospects for big data keep growing. Demand for big data skills is expanding across the United States and in diverse industries—a trend that online employment and career site Dice refers to as "big data sprawl." The number of big data jobs on the site has shown a triple-digit surge year-over-year, according to Dice's July report. The largest percentages of big data jobs on Dice are in Silicon Valley, New York and Washington, D.C./Baltimore. "Big data" has become a household word, and many well-known companies are seeking big data talent, the Dice report said. The types of companies looking for IT pros with big data skills include consulting firms, defense contractors, e-learning businesses, financial firms, online dating sites and more. And, in case you haven't heard, Hadoop is hot, particularly when combined with other in-demand skills such as Java. Although its elephant logo may be a little whimsical, Hadoop—an open-source software framework that supports data-intensive distributed applications—offers serious employment opportunities.