All across the land, there is a big-time push to bring in more “data scientists” into companies, to help turn big data into big insights. But who will be assuming these roles, and where will companies find them?

Recent research out of the McKinsey Global Institute finds there is an impending shortage of key talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data. Within the next few years, McKinsey predicts the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions. McKinsey observes that the insurance and financial sectors are among the sectors that are most likely to be putting big data to work.

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