Are you a Charlie Brown data architect? You know what I am talking about. Are you pessimistic about the future of data modeling? Are you optimistic that as the importance of data grows, we will be more respected and have more opportunities to shine? If you see those Charlie Brownisms in your work life, I have some good news to make your day.
A slide show on Information Management caught my eye this week. The 12 Top Paying Non-certified Data Skills showcased data centric jobs where the compensation was above the norm and the employment outlook reflected a similar positive trend. That’s good news isn’t it, Charlie Brown!?
The show was based on an IT skills demand and pay trends report from Foote Partners LLC, an IT workforce consultancy. It looked at the pay premiums being paid for the top skill areas in data management and data analytics. Here are Foote’s top 12 for us data folk.
- Data architecture
- Prescriptive Analytics
- Big Data Analytics
- Data Analytics
- Predictive Analytics and Modeling
- Quantitative Analysis/Regression Analysis
- Data Governance
- Data Modeling
- Data Management
- Master Data Management
- Data Mining
- Database Management
I have a challenge for you, Charlie Brown. Take a look at this list. How many of these data skills are part of your primary job role and responsibilities? How many on this list are you a secondary provider. For me, it was 66% of the list. That made me pretty happy. Beyond feeling good about oneself, there are several other reasons to evaluate your work against the items on the list.
- Career Opportunities – Are you looking for opportunities to advance your career? This is a pretty solid list of skills that you should focus on to diversify and grow your job.
- Learning Opportunities – Do you think your knowledge is becoming stagnant or out-of-date? These items are excellent opportunities to include in your learning plan.
- Process Improvement Opportunities – Are you the square peg in the round hole of your employer’s development methodology? It’s a good bet that these items need to be actively addressed in the methodology. Explore how you can integrate these data skills.
- Evangelistic Opportunities – No, I don’t want you to preach. These hot 12 items are not specific to one industry. They cross all IT development and need to have a voice on all development teams. Make yourself a stronger and more influential voice for data in your organization.
I purposely omitted a discussion on compensation in this post. I don’t advocate you take the slide show to your boss and demand a raise. Avail yourself to several of the opportunities. You will become more integrated with IT processes and team members. That is what managers notice in performance evaluations. Give some thought to the following Charlie Brown quote when evaluating where you are in your career.
“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” – Charlie Brown (Charles Schultz)