To answer where are the analytics jobs, I turned to analytics expert and President and COO of InfoCentricity, Jeff Dandridge.
Business intelligence jobs: Regarding the industry:
- There continues to be huge demand for business intelligence jobs in financial services. Every client of mine seems to have at least one opening, if not many.
- Outsourcing to, or hiring in India, China, and emerging Europe by larger players is common. For example, GE Capital formed GenPact in India to support its US and international operations; Amex is big in India as well.
Business intelligence jobs: Regarding career potential:
- There are never enough analysts. Those who are business-oriented and can articulate the problems/results in business terms make a lot of money. They end up as execs, VPs and managers. Those who live in the numbers but can't communicate remain analysts.
- Backgrounds range from quantitative MBAs to stats/operations research/applied math to econometricians to biology, etc.
- The term "analyst" can mean a lot of things and the range of work varies greatly -- SQL queries to data mining to predictive modeling...
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