Like our encounter with the written word, an ability to understand the stories behind the data - or our numeracy - is expected to grow in importance. Could the hot new profession of the future be statisticians? Web Worker Daily:
As suggested by Daniel Pink’s assertions on the rise of a right-brained working elite, the ability to extract stories from a world of increasing and abundant data will be increasingly critical to many industries. Indeed, the opening of U.S. federal government data at data.gov (and the appointment of Sir Tim Berners-Lee to similarly open the UK’s data archives) implies a new societal and cultural importance for data wranglers.
Hat tip: Steve Hardy