Burtch Works Blog

With more activity in the research landscape than ever before, Linda Burtch and the rest of the Burtch Works team always have something to say about this rapidly shifting field. Check back often for our top career advice, new flash survey results, and expert opinions on changes in the market that could affect your career or company.

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2016 Update: Results from our 2016 SAS vs. R vs. Python survey are now in!   The topic of SAS vs. R is hotly-debated everywhere, from Reddit forums to LinkedIn groups to around the water cooler with your data analytics team, with no clear consensus. So, last year, Burtch Works decided to conduct a flash… Read more »

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Editor’s Note, 2016: Even a year after publication, this blog post continues to generate a fair amount of traffic and discussion, with many asking what our complete criteria are for discerning who is a data scientist. We posted the complete criteria that we use for our data science salary studies, which you can find here, if you’re interested.   In June… Read more »

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About 18 months ago (in August 2013) we conducted a “flash survey” of our network of over 10,000 analytics professionals and data scientists to determine how often they were approached by recruiters on LinkedIn, and how often they responded to recruiters’ requests. The results, while interesting, also hinted at a larger problem within “Big Data… Read more »

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  As I stated a few weeks ago in my 2015 Predictions blog post: there has never been a better time to be a Quant looking for a job. With all the media attention, companies are scrambling to board the data analytics bandwagon. It is increasingly apparent that analytics is becoming the standard, and any… Read more »

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  When I wrote my predictions for 2014 I wrote that thanks to Big Data, analytics has become inescapable, and looking now into 2015, I believe that statement more than ever. It’s not just analytics in the public eye either – data science has been thrust into the spotlight, and the hiring market for analytics… Read more »

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  As an executive recruiter with over 30 years’ experience working with quantitative candidates, I’ve advised many talented professionals throughout the job search process. The growth this industry is seeing right now is nothing short of explosive – I still remember analytics as a tiny niche when I started recruiting! – and the career opportunities… Read more »