Time To Build Your Big-Data Muscles from fastcompany.com talks mainly about getting educated for a Big Data job. They provide an interesting statistic that for every 100 open Big Data jobs, there are only 2 qualified candidates. Definitely a good place to be if you're looking for work in this area.
Having a background in mathematics and engineering are your best bests. Load up on statistics if you're able to. I'm more on the engineering side myself. My work involves taking the algorithms and principles that have been developed and applying them to the business data sets. There is so much work to do just in the application of algorithms alone.