2 million big data jobs by 2020?

Is predicting a range of 1 million and 2 million big data jobs really a prediction at all?

The year 2020, once a science fiction milestone, is no longer so far away. But it is far enough away that it allows time for science-and technology-minded kids now in high school to prepare for a jobs in big data, which futurist David Houle says will be in abundance by then, according to an interview in IT Business Edge.

Within seven years, he said, big data will create at least 1 million jobs, perhaps up to 2 million in the United States.

In the interview, Houle discussed his book, "Entering the Shift Age: The End of the Information Age and the New Era of Transformation," in which he said big data constitutes one of the two largest areas of job growth in the developed world.

Houle bills himself as a futurist, thinker and speaker. He is an Emmy Award-winning producer with 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.

That's a great resume and shows the vision necessary to pick winners. However, the difference between 1 million and 2 million jobs is profound. Most prognosticators would try to narrow that down more than a bit. So is this kind of prediction good for big data? Is it meaningful? What are the numbers founded on?

Take a look at Don Tennant's interview with Houle for more insight into Houle's thinking, then perhaps read an excerpt from his book and decide if this is just hype, or predictive analysis.

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