In this blog post, Paul Litvak, a Quantitative Researcher at Google (with a PhD. in Behavioral Decision Research), talks about life in industry.
Here’s one of his suggestions for launching a career outside of academia:
Learn some programming. R, then SQL, then Python, or some other scripting language. The more programming you learn the higher up the food chain you can go. If you know a lot of programming, you aren’t limited by what data exists, but only by what data you can create. This is hugely empowering, and increases your impact considerably. However, if all you learn is R, that is still incredibly useful,and will still get you into a variety of jobs. (emphasis added)