Plain-speaking Economics professor-cum-googler Hal R. Varian believes that the "sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians".

He reasons that, since data is cheap (often free) and ubiquitous, complimentary skills - to understand data and extract value from it - are highly valuable.  By contrast, attention is scarce on the internet.  "The ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it—that’s going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades".

You can read the full text of the article, or listen to a podcast at The McKinsey Quarterly.

We agree with Prof Varian.  We believe that our capacity for converting data into information makes Infonomics an attractive prospect for our clients.  We'll leave the reader to decide whether or not this plays a role in the physical attractiveness of our consultants - after all correlation doesn't always imply correlation!