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Big data continues to grow in popularity and adoption. While this study answers questions about the recruitment practice of big data resources, there are a number of areas that this study did not address, which includes sources of big data training. There are new university programs being introduced and training over big data topics being offered by technology vendors. Are they hitting the mark? Are they producing qualified big data specialists capable of stepping into data science roles and being effective? That is an area worthy of additional study to help improve the quality of education. Technology will continue to change, and new technologies will come into play. Technologies mentioned in this study may continue for years to come or they may be replaced by new ones. Additional research on effective tools used in the big data analytics space will provide insight into areas of focus for the next generation of big data specialists.


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