To all my friends, colleagues, and family around the world, best wishes and regards to you and yours this Thanksgiving day!
From my front yard in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania...
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Employment consists of all persons who, during the reference week (the calendar week including the twelfth day of the month), (a) did any work at all (at least 1 hour) as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of the family, or (b) were not working but had jobs or businesses from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, childcare problems, maternity or paternity leave, labor-management dispute, job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs.... The civilian noninstitutional population consists of persons 16 years of age and older residing in the 50 States and the District of Columbia who are not inmates of institutions (for example, penal and mental facilities and homes for the aged) and who are not on active duty in the Armed Forces.Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Data Artisans use internal and external data in order to answer questions and solve complex problems faced by organizations large and small. What separates a Data Artisan from a typical analyst is the variety of tools and sophisticated methods they employ to achieve their desired results, often under very tight deadlines.
Both creative and analytical by nature, Data Artisans use what they are given and then think outside the box in order to coax strategic and actionable intelligence from the streams of data at their disposal. Often, this found intelligence can only be realized once multiple, traditionally unconnected sources of data are merged in the Artisan's workflow....
There is no exact count of how many Data Artisans exist in the public and private sectors, but no doubt, they probably number less than 3,000 world-wide. Whether your organization employs one directly, utilizes the services of one as a consultant or has yet to hire one, rest assured, the Data Artisan is to the New Economy, what the Assembly Line was to the old.