A survey of software developers from four different countries has revealed that many see data and analytics as key to career development. And if they can crack statistics, companies stand to benefit from this new career trend.
Curtis, with decades of experience in software and academia, said he has noticed a trend of movement into the data and analytics field. He explained: “A number of people perceive that to be an area of IT that is going to be wide open - where there’s going to be a lot of jobs – while other areas are closing down. So, we’re going to start seeing a migration of people learning the techniques, learning the languages, and, hopefully, some of them learn statistics.”
Curtis’ concern about the understanding of statistics stems from surveys he was involved with in the past. Companies that were perceived to be good at analytics were called up and interviewed and he was disturbed by some of the responses. “Many really didn’t have deep data analysis skills, especially advanced statistical knowledge,” he said.
For those developers looking to move into data and analytics in the future, Curtis would advise them to solidify their understanding of the basics. “One of the things we need to see is people moving to data analytics with a background in data. Not just data management, but also statistical techniques for doing data analytics,” he advised.
The survey was carried out by Coleman Parkes on behalf of CAST, a US-based software analytics company. From the US and the UK, there were 150 respondents from each country, with 100 respondents from both France and Germany.