Big data is attractive to organizations for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, many of those reasons haven't panned out. According to Foote, companies got caught up in the buzz and now they are taking a more conservative approach. That said, this is an area that Foote Partners expects to grow in 2015. Adding any of these skills to your skillset will make you more valuable to any employer looking to capitalize on the promise of big data.
Although it just missed their highest paying noncertified IT skills list, pay for data sciences skills are expected to increase into 2015. "This group [of skills] is in transition. There is still a big buzz factor around data sciences which will result in companies paying more for this skill, "says Foote.
Data management will increasingly be important as companies try to wrangle actionable data from their many disparate sources of data.