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Developing your data skills will make you more employable

28 Oct 2016

If we’ve learned one thing from Data Science Week, it’s that analytics and data mining skills are becoming essential for a career in tech.

This week proved fruitful for jobseekers, with 640 jobs announced in Ireland, the majority of them being in Cork and Dublin.

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The biggest announcement came from PM Group, one of Ireland’s largest project management firms, which is set to create 250 jobs in its Cork and Dublin offices. The roles will be across all engineering disciplines, as well as architecture, environmental, construction and project management.

Genomics Medicine wasn’t far behind, with its announcement of 150 new jobs after securing $40m in Series A funding from investors. In Cork, cybersecurity company Cylance has opened an Irish office, with the promise of 150 new jobs over the next three years.

Over on the tech side of things, one of Cork’s fastest-growing start-ups,, is growing its staff by an extra 50 people, with the majority of those jobs going to experienced developers. E-commerce company Monsoon is also expanding its workforce with 40 new jobs.

If you’re just starting out on your career journey, or you feel like it’s time to upskill, LinkedIn found cloud and data science skills to be the most in-demand skills of 2016.

The data science industry is growing at an exponential rate. With the amount of companies desperately seeking talent in these areas, this could prove to be a very advantageous career track.

But how do you even begin to get on it? Where do you start? What jobs will be waiting for you on the other side? What exactly does a data scientist do?

If all of these questions are making your head spin, you can check out our step-by-step guide to becoming a data scientist. Once you have your head around the education, there’s a world of options for you in terms of what your dream job could be. This week, Hays Recruitment was on hand to narrow down the hottest jobs in data science.

Okay, so we know how valuable data science skills are. We also know that top companies are hungry for skilled candidates in data science. We even know what the best jobs in the industry are, but do we know what a data scientist actually does? We spoke to Pádraic Sheerin, the VP of data science in leading fintech company, Pramerica, about his job and what a typical day looks like.

1. PM Group to hire 250 Irish graduates after profitable 2015

One of Ireland’s largest project management firms has revealed it is to create 500 graduate jobs, following a profitable 2015.

2. 150 new jobs as Genomics Medicine Ireland raises $40m in Series A round

Life sciences and data analytics start-up Genomics Medicine Ireland is to create 150 new jobs after securing $40m in Series A funding from investors.

3. Cork lands 150 jobs as cybersecurity expert Cylance opens doors

Cybersecurity company Cylance has opened an Irish office in Cork, with the promise of 150 new jobs over the next three years.

4. to create 50 new jobs at Cork HQ

One of Cork’s fastest growing start-ups,, is to create 50 new jobs, bringing its total workforce in the city to 120 by the end of 2017.

5. It’s Monsoon season as firm announces 40 new jobs

Monsoon, an e-commerce company specialising in Drupal and Magento technology, is expanding its Irish workforce and opening up a new London office as growth soars.

6. Cloud and data science are the top skills of 2016, says LinkedIn

Not surprisingly, nine out of 10 of the top skills demanded by Irish employers in 2016 are technology-based; with cloud and distributed computing taking the top positions.

7. How to become a data scientist in 8 easy(ish) steps

With data mining and analytic skills ranking as the second most desirable skill of 2016, it’s clear that data science is becoming a popular career track. Here’s how you can become a data scientist.

8. These are the 10 hottest data jobs

With recruitment in data on the rise and big businesses investing heavily in the data sector, Hays is looking at the top jobs in data right now.

9. Fidelity: ‘Data scientists need to be able to tell a story’

Data science is becoming more and more important to a variety of companies, both in and out of the tech industry, according to Fidelity Investments.

10. 8 top companies hiring for data science roles right now

We’ve been told to expect millions of jobs in the data science area over the next number of years, across a wide range of companies and industries. But who’s hiring right now?

11. Want to be a data scientist? ‘Stay humble and never stop learning’

Data science is an incredibly broad area and knowing what role to pursue can be challenging. Hearing from someone already at work in the industry may help.

12. Almost 80pc of Ireland’s ICT specialists have third-level education

While the data sector is growing, Ireland’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector has more specialists with a higher education than the rest of the EU, but only one in five of them are women.

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Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the deputy editor of Silicon Republic in 2020, having worked as the careers editor until June 2019. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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