"The reason why this has become a job so in demand with employers is the sheer amount of data available today for analysis. That coupled with the fact there were very few formal training programs for data science in the past has created a situation where the need for data scientists has become pretty high. Low supply mixed in with high demand will do that. "
Daniel, the job opportunity may be same, but need for trained or talented manpower may be high. So far situations are handled by regular or other skilled manpower from companies on an ad-hock way. But if you really want to make use of the situation/available data, trained data scientist are very much required. Such training itself can create an ecco system