Big data jobs trickle in


Quantcast, a provider of digital advertising solutions, said this week it would create 100 new jobs in Dublin, Ireland. The new jobs are not for data scientists, but for people supporting the operations for the company's real-time audience measurement business. They are in account management, product operations, marketing and finance.

Richard Bruton, Ireland's Jobs Minister, said the big data sector will deliver considerable growth opportunities and believes Ireland is uniquely positioned to take advantage, due to the base of companies located in the country, as well as the local skilled workforce and publicly funded research in the area.

The city saw a surge of IT and software development jobs in the late 1990s during the Internet and telecom booms.

A number of big data-fueled jobs are also coming to this side of the pond.

Cleveland, for instance, will see more big data jobs as companies such as Explorys plan to add more staff. The company added 85 jobs to the greater Cleveland market already.

And New York University plans to train the next generation of data scientists in its new graduate program which recently opened. The university is spending $60 million just to relocate MTA and NYPD equipment from the old government building in downtown Brooklyn for program space. The city will provide $15 million in benefits to NYU. The return on that investment is expected to be huge.

In addition to helping City Hall solve basic quality-of-life issues through big data analysis, the school is expected to generate $5.5 billion in economic activity over the next 30 years and lead to 200 spinoff companies, adding about 4,600 permanent jobs in that same time frame. The first students who will start classes this fall will work temporarily out of Brooklyn's MetroTech. The goal is to employ 100 Ph.D. students, 30 postdocs and 30 faculty members by 2018.

For more:
- see Crain's New York article

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