The trend of using a data-hunting job is set to increase as employers increasingly use social media, according to a new study.
The New York City-based firm, which is run by the digital agency, says the data-hunter job is in the early stages of becoming the norm for most companies.
The report by the firm, the New York Times and others found that nearly half of all new hires at large U.S. companies are employed by companies using data-mining, analytics, or predictive-analysis tools.
Data-hunters are the most sought-after jobs for tech companies, with some firms offering $100,000-plus annual salaries, the firms said.
“The trend of being the data hunter is really starting to come into play,” said Brian Gaudreau, president and CEO of data-hunt-management company, DigitalOcean.
The study also found that data-gathering jobs, like data-entry and data-migration, have become more common at big-name tech firms, with nearly one in five data-sorting jobs.
“There is a significant shift of people looking for these jobs and a lot of companies are responding,” said Gaudier.
“It’s about getting people to pay for it.”
For companies, it means hiring data scientists, programmers and data scientists at $20,000 a year.
The data-takers typically have experience in data analysis, but also other jobs that require data-savvy skills.
For example, the job pays $18,000 for a full-time data-visualization specialist who can help companies develop new tools for their data collection.
“It’s a great opportunity for the data science folks, the software developers, the data scientists,” said Kevin Smith, a former executive at Google.
“They’re making a lot more money than they would have if they had been working at Google.”
“The data scientist is a highly skilled data-driven person who has a real passion for data and has a great grasp of analytics, and that’s where the money is coming from,” he said.