The big data scientist is said to be the sexiest job in the 21st century. Successful big data scientists will be in high demand and will be able earn very nice salaries. But to be successful, big data scientists need to have a wide range of skills that until now did not even fit into one department.
They need to have statistical, mathematical, predictive modelling as well as business strategy skills to build the algorithms necessary to ask the right questions and find the right answers. They also need to be able to communicate their findings, orally and visually. They need to understand how the products are developed and even more important, as big data touches the privacy of consumers, they need to have a set of ethical responsibilities.