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Analytics and data jobs: What employers are looking for

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Where are IT jobs going in the cloud era? Why are so many schools and software vendors offering data science certifications? How can IT professionals stay relevant and thrive as traditional maintenance and administration tasks are automated?

These are questions we’ve tackled in our conversations with ZDNet editorial experts and IT implementers in the field here at Cloud Strategies for Smarter IT.

You’ll find some interesting stories about IT managers whose jobs evolved from server administration to data analytics in our coverage of G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers. Here, we’ll focus on developers whose day-to-day activities have changed dramatically as data repositories and server instances moved from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud.

What’s in a name?

“We’ve heard the term data scientist, that’s been around for a while, but now there are also data stewards,” said Andrew Brust, big data analyst expert and contributor to ZDNet, in a conversation with Cloud Strategies for Smarter IT. “We also now have data engineers, which I think is a much more honest version of what data scientist was trying to encompass as a term.”

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