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12/20/2013
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Analytics: Where The Girls Are

Data science is a field where men and women enjoy near parity in terms of university students and jobs, according to one expert.

We hear a lot about the underrepresentation of women in STEM jobs, but analytics is shaping up to be a level playing field, according to one industry expert's predictions for 2014.

Steven Hillion, chief product officer at Alpine Data Labs, listed this assertion at the top of his new year's forecast:

Women will take a far more prominent role in the world of data science, helping solve the data scientist shortage. Women are leading and succeeding in data science. Data science draws upon applied sciences where women have had great success. Data science is collaborative and communicative -- characteristics that have been traditionally associated with women. We're increasingly seeing more and more women entering and excelling in data science. Leading data scientists are as likely to be a woman as a man.

This prediction is based primarily on a talk that Hillion gave at this year's Strata Conference in New York. He said that, unlike in most IT roles, women are fairly close to achieving parity with men in data analysis.

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WKash
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WKash,
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12/20/2013 | 3:32:45 PM
Analytics skils
Data analytics seems to be as much about having an intuition about patterns as it does a knowledge of running the numbers. It would be great to see more women drawn into this field -- given the growing need for prospective data scientists.

 
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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12/22/2013 | 6:48:10 AM
Re: Analytics skils
WKash, Good point and I take that you are right. Processes that are concerned with planning, development and execution etc are heavily reliant on an intuition of patterns and having the knowledge to run the numbers. I would like to see universal promotion of STEM, as  the population in general is not pursuing enough STEM related degrees.
virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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12/23/2013 | 5:00:32 AM
Re: Analytics skils
I agree with this blog completely, Yes STEM fields have always had a woman problem, but i guess the  problem is not the job but it actually starts from grade school, girls are rarely encouraged to pursue math and science, which seems problematic.
Faye Kane, homeless brain
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Faye Kane, homeless brain,
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12/27/2013 | 5:50:48 AM
Re: Analytics skils
 

I never thought I'd accuse anyone of what's always been a ridiculous charge, but his whole thing is sexist and offensive.

"Women make good data analysts because they have women's intuition?"

That's outrageous!  It's like saying "Gays like this job because you can't spell 'data analyst' without 'anal'".

There are all kinds of reasons people take all kinds of jobs. I never learned it, but I fell in love with Analysis Studio when I saw a guy in the "war room" use it, and he showed me the elegance and power of the tool.  If I hadn't been really into something else at the time, I might have picked up on it.

Think about how you sound from the other side, huh guys?

GOD!

--faye kane ♀ girl brain
shamika
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shamika,
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12/27/2013 | 10:31:03 PM
Re: Analytics skils
This is an interesting article, as you correctly said when it comes to the data analysis job roles there is a huge weightage towards males. But in our case we have 2 female business analysts out of 3.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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12/23/2013 | 7:05:33 AM
I wonder`
I wonder if this is because it's somewhat of an emerging field? Perhaps suggesting that new jobs without the institution of male dominance in the workplace, will mean a lot of new positions have much more equal opportunities for everyone?
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