Saturday, April 27, 2013

Obamacare drives need for business analysts

Despite my making my resume on Dice inactive, I still get a lot of emails for “Business Analysts” these days, most of them in health care, probably because of the legal changes with Obamacare in 2014.

Some them are ambivalent about specific requirements, but want some experience with statistical packages like SAS.
But they all seem to require fluency with scripting languages like Perl and OOP’s live C++ and java.
But it takes a lot of coding experience to become really fluent in these.  I found myself that you had to develop and implement a project yourself, doing and debugging the coding and supporting it afterward, to be any good at it. 
And it was harder to get this kind of experience than it was in the mainframe world 30 years ago, because the pace was faster – and more youthful.  

The old 80s progression from coding to systems analysis and architecture does seem to be coming back.

A lot of techies got some of these skills setting up their own servers in the 90s (even on 486 or 486 machines) before hosting was so widely available. 

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