Data Analyst, Python, US Job Search Manager

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The lack of data science skills has been well documented here and elsewhere. However, there appears to be a mismatch between the supply and demand for talent.

Oddly enough, U.S. job seekers are more interested in the data analyst positions that many companies say they struggle to fill. What’s more, recent research indicates that the programming language that most potential hires intend to learn is also the dominant language for data science: Python.

Among the most in-demand tech positions in job searches, computer consulting firm Prolifics Testing found Data Analyst to attract the most interest, followed closely by Data Scientist.

Source: Prolifics Testing

Python was by far the preferred programming language, appearing in over 96,000 monthly searches, more than the following three languages ​​combined: SQL, Java, and JavaScript.

The study uncovered similar statistics in the UK: Google search data revealed a much greater interest in learning Python and applying those programming skills to data analysis. Elsewhere in Europe, “AI engineer” positions have generated the most interest, according to monthly job search data.

The research clearly points to a mismatch between companies looking to fill data-related positions and eager US applicants seeking those same jobs.

“Americans are the most interested in data analyst jobs, with an average of 26,000 searches online per month,” the application research research found.

Meanwhile, tech job research revealed a monthly average of 14,000 job searches for data science positions, a step or two behind web development and software programming. Despite the enthusiasm for learning the Python programming language, specific job searches for Python developer positions rank last.

Source: Prolifics Testing

Job search and skills research released this week confirms previous surveys that found Python to be by far the preferred programming language for data scientists and engineers as well as machine learning developers.

Python’s enduring popularity is fueled by the development of machine learning, according to a user survey released earlier this year by O’Reilly Media. For example, the use of Python for AI, deep learning, and natural language processing projects increased 9% from 2018. Java ranked second in 2019, but usage dropped in fact slightly decreased from year to year.

As we reported, the R programming language has made a comeback in recent months. According to job search data, the R language finished at the bottom of the list with an average of 9,300 searches per month, making it “among the programming languages ​​Americans have the least interest in learning.” “.

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