Data Analysis to stay a Professional

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Somewhere in the 1990s, it became a baseline expectation for most Professionals that they knew how to use a computer (i.e. mouse/keyboard). Before this it was largely the domain of specialists and enthusiasts.

In the 2000s, baseline expectations included that they also knew how to use the internet (i.e. search). Before this it was largely the domain of specialists and enthusiasts.

In the 2010s, baseline expectations came to include some kind of online presence (i.e. social media). Before this it was largely the domain of specialists and enthusiasts.

I believe that in these 2020s, it will become a baseline expectation for most Professionals that they know how to do some form of data analysis (i.e. track/predict behavior). Until now it has largely been the domain of specialists and enthusiasts.

Like with the previous changes in expectations, some people won’t make the jump. Not everyone wants to grow in this direction, and some folks will use the transition as reason to leave their chosen profession.

That’s fine. It’s their choice.

Those that remain in the game are choosing to compete on the new playing field.

Like before, complaining won’t help.
Like before, learning will!

…And the sooner, the better.

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