Big data is an area which has seen rapid growth across a variety of industries in recent years – not least among healthcare operations companies.

Figures show that the number of new big data roles being advertised for these companies has increased in recent months – with firms across the industry looking to expand their capabilities.

The number of newly advertised roles stood at 198 in Q1 2021. That’s up from 131 in Q4 2020 and up from from 172 in Q3 2020.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track the number of new job postings from key companies in various sectors over time. Using textual analysis, these job advertisments are then classified thematically.

GlobalData's thematic approach to sector activity seeks to group key company information by topic to see which companies are best placed to weather the disruptions coming to their industries.

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These key themes, which include big data, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

By tracking them across job advertisements it allows us to see which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels - and importantly where the market is expanding and contracting.

Where are companies hiring for big data careers in healthcare providers?

Looking across key healthcare operations companies tracked by GlobalData, the US is currently seeing the largest number of big data job advertisisments. Last quarter the country saw 143 advertisements - up from 91 in Q4 2020 but down from 152 in Q3 2020.

On a city level, Mountain View (US) had the most newly advertised big data roles in Q1 2021 with 10, followed by San Francisco, (US) with 10, and Melbourne, (Australia) with nine.

Where is seeing the most growth for big data roles in healthcare providers?

The biggest growth area has been in the US - which saw 54 job adverts for big data in Q4 2020, increasing to 143 in Q1 2021.

In terms of cities, firms are increasing big data hires in Mountain View - with 10 roles in the latest quarter - up from zero in the previous one.