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A multiplicity of opportunities from jobs in data

17 Feb 2017

You might be considering pursuing a career in data, but have you considered that there’s more to data jobs than data science and analytics? We have.

This week was Data Week on With a focus on data infrastructure, we saw a different side of data jobs than we ordinarily would. Think less data science, more data centres.

With a wealth of opportunities across a variety functions, the possibilities are, if not endless, certainly extensive. We explored five alternative data jobs, from cloud engineers to data centre managers.

We got a glimpse of what working in data is like, talking to Theo Lynn, a professor at Dublin City University and data researcher at the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce.

We also looked at some of the international companies hiring around the world for roles in these alternative areas.

But we recognise that not everyone is in a position to start one of these data jobs just yet, so we gathered some information on what you need to study to put yourself on the data career path.

And, if you just want to upskill, we heard from Jean-Francois Puget, who delved into the most popular languages to use for machine learning.

When you do land one of these coveted data jobs – or, indeed, any job – it’s important to make a good impression on your first day. We pulled together some tips to make your first day in a new job a success.

Those tips could come in handy for anyone who applies for and secures one of the many jobs announced this week by Microsoft, Indeed or Nginx, or who is a recipient of part of the €5m in funding that the government is using to entice researchers to Irish shores.

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. 5 alternative data jobs if you don’t want to be a data scientist

When you think of jobs in data, you probably think of data scientists and analysts. But there are a myriad of alternative data jobs you can pursue.

2. 6 top international companies hiring in data right now

Looking for data jobs, but bored by data science and data analytics roles? These companies may just give you an opening.

3. ‘Working with data is noisy and unstructured, but it has a lot of potential’

When it comes to working in data, the roles most people are aware of are the big hitters: data science and data analytics. But the sector is far more varied than that.

4. Want a career in data? Here’s what you need to study

It’s Data Week here at and for anyone who is looking for a career in data, but isn’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered.

5. What is the most popular language for machine learning?

When it comes to machine learning and data science, there are so many language options to choose from. Data scientist Jean-Francois Puget does some analysis to decide which one is best.

6. New job? Avoid these 5 mistakes on your first day

How many first days have you had? Do they still make you nervous? If you just got a new job, here are a few mistakes you need to avoid.

7. Microsoft reveals major 600-job expansion for Dublin

600 new jobs are to be created at software giant Microsoft’s Dublin operations.

8. Massive 500-job expansion at Indeed in Dublin

Hiring is already underway, as part of a 500-job expansion at Indeed in Dublin.

9. Cork to get 100 new jobs in Nginx global expansion

Web infrastructure giant Nginx is to create 100 jobs over the next three years at a new EMEA headquarters in Cork.

10. Irish Government reveals €5m fund to woo 50 international researchers

With €5m in EU Horizon 2020 funding, Enterprise Ireland has launched a new programme called Career-FIT that will try to woo 50 international researchers to Irish tech centres.

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Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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