In the world of tech, Green Key recruiters are seeing more and more roles adopt responsibilities centered around data. Data security is essential for organizations and protecting data integrity calls for multiple jobs within the field of IT.  

In-demand data roles

“Many companies are going to go through migrating their data to different databases and cloud services. This is bringing in roles focusing on security, analytics, and data science. Companies are looking for this expertise,” said Zach Miller, Technical Recruiter on the Information Technology team at Green Key. “The in-demand roles within data analytics and insights used to be more focused on A/B testing, statistical analysis, and tools like Excel. Now, the ability for an analyst to utilize languages like SQL and Python, are what our clients are looking for.” 

Zach suggests that prospective data candidates keep up with these industry trends. The healthcare sector, for instance, has the highest need for privacy and security, and is actively hiring for these roles. In terms of education, anything related to business, computer science, or mathematics is generally required.

“For recent grads, the more specific your degree is, the more likely you are to land that role. Mid-level positions focus primarily on experience. For example, if you have merchandising experience, the retail sector will be more interested in you, as long as you can prove expertise in the tools and technologies. If you’re looking to move into a different industry, be sure that you understand how the data you’ll be working with may differ between industries, and you are able to demonstrate this to potential employers.” 

Responsibilities of data roles

There are several different types of data roles, but Zach mentioned that Analysts, Engineers, and Scientists are popping up the most these days. The difference between the three? Which stage in the data you’re in and what you’re doing within that stage. 

A Data Analyst’s main job is to analyze the data and identify key insights into the company’s sales and customers. Data Engineers control the movement of the data, while also authenticating how clean it is prior to sending to the scientists. Data Scientists manipulate the data in order for organizations to make specific analytical decisions as they continue to grow. However, depending on the company, you may see each of these roles having the responsibilities of the other. While finding a role within data that is best fit for you, don’t let the job title fool you. 

“No matter your role in data, you have to stay up to date with the newest technologies,” said Zach. “It’s also important to consider the pay rates in tech. Right now, it’s at a bit of a plateau. Not everyone will be able to snag those major pay bumps. As a tech candidate, you have to remain humble and develop your career at a steady rate.” 

Contact Green Key tech recruiters

If you’re interested in a career in tech or data, don’t hesitate to connect with Zach on LinkedIn or browse our open jobs in IT. Our talented recruiters are all available to help you begin or advance your tech journey! 

Get Ready for the Cybersecurity Games

What’s the No. 1 ranked college in the National Cyber League?

Hint: It’s not a school you’ve likely heard of unless you live in California or you’ve competed in the NCL competition.

It’s Chico State, officially, California State University – Chico. For three semesters – the last two consecutive — the university in the far northern part of the state has come in at the top of the Cyber Power Rankings.

To achieve that distinction, Chico’s student team had to trump teams from more than 450 other colleges and universities in performing real-world cybersecurity tasks. Annually, some 10,000 students (including some still in high school) enter the National Cyber League competition, testing their skill at identifying hackers from forensic data, pentesting and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks and more.

Registration for the Fall 2020 competition is now open. Practice sessions begin Sept. 14 with the individual games starting Oct. 23 and the team competition set to begin Nov. 6th.

Besides the competitive aspect of the games, it’s a learning experience for the participants who are assigned a coach to advise them and help them through the tough practices. Competitors become part of a community lead by Cyber League “Ambassadors” who are experienced players. Some are working professionals; others are students.

Of special value are the scouting reports each player gets. These reports are detailed metrics of a participant’s performance in the competition, listing their national rank and percentile, bracket rank and percentile, performance score, accuracy and completions in each of the 9 categories, as well as the national and bracket averages.

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Job candidates often include these reports and rankings in their resume and applications. Employers can also source candidates from these reports. As one of the Ambassadors explained in a blog post, “Companies pay NCL to produce these scoring reports so that they can scout the best of the best collegiate cyber-athletes.”

The Cyber League was born in 2011 when a group of cybersecurity professionals and academics from several public agencies came together to create “an innovative way for students to apply what they were learning in class.” So they designed the competition to be both an exciting “game-meets-edutainment” and a learning opportunity.

Individuals can participate in the competition even if they don’t have a team. This is how many of the high school students are involved. In the preseason part their fundamental skills are tested so they get placed in the appropriate bracket. In the individual games, participants compete against others of the same skill level. The team game follows.

The power rankings are developed from the individual competition and team competition scores.

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