In November 2010, the National Security Agency started exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social networks, according to newly discovered documents and interviews with officials.
In the future, data analysis is expected to play a greater role in day-to-day business operations, a trend that will require many university graduates to attain at least a basic understanding of big data tools and technologies. There will be a 25 percent growth in the need for analytics trained workers through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Obama administration, which strongly believes in the power of data to drive government decision-making, has initiated several big data projects. Last year, the White House launched the $200-million Big Data Research and Development Initiative, listing more than 85 examples of big data projects at a range of federal agencies.
We are currently recruiting Master and Ph.D. students, based on the First Come First Serve (FCFS) principle, for implementing the Big Data Analytics and Protection project.
As companies increase their efforts to find and hire Big Data talent, it is opening up new opportunities for IT workers with the ability to analyze the ever-increasing volume of complex data flooding the enterprise. For now, it's largely a scramble in the Big Data field, as most employers are mixed on the appropriate training, certifications or degrees required for this career path.
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