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How Many Data Scientists Does the World Really Need?, November 7 

While there is a growing trend toward hiring recent graduates versed in big data, the reality is that most firms will address their big data challenges by training employees they already have. For now, say experts, the rush to mint highly trained, highly educated data scientists may be getting overhyped, especially since the IT industry is still in beginning stages of big data usage and relevance. While companies are certainly looking for workers with statistical and predictive modeling backgrounds, they also need people with both the patience and expertise to parse data and use it to make decisions. For many smaller and mid-sized firms, the hype surrounding big data doesn't resonate, and probably won't translate into hiring, because the challenges those businesses face aren't truly related to big data. A lot of companies don't actually have big data problems -- they have smaller challenges. Many …