“In 15 years, if you don’t have a solid quant background, you might have a permanent pink slip’. Sobering words, from the Wall Street Journal article Big Data, Big Paycheck. Author Nikki Waller warns that Big Data is here to stay, and that if you are not a quantitative expert, you’d better brush up. According to Linda Burtch of Burtch Works, MBAs in midcareer have returned to school to up their quant skills, while young people today will be honing in on quantitative programs as undergrads and grad students. ”Someone who’s 40, they should be concerned,” opines Burtch. “Hopefully their organization will help, recognizing them as a leader and sending them back for training.” So where do you see yourself in relation to Big Data today?