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What It Means To Be A Data Scientist

How do data scientists spend their time? What tools do they use? What degrees do they have? Check out our handy infographic to find out.

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Good data scientists have been called "unicorns" because it is so rare to find professionals who possess all the required skill sets. When a company seeks to hire a data scientist, it's typically seeking someone with skills in advanced programming and statistical analysis, along with expertise in a particular industry segment, such as healthcare, finance, or marketing.

The proliferation of data, and the potential for organizations to turn data into something valuable that didn't exist before -- think Uber and Netflix -- has increased demand for such professionals.

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Linda Burtch, an executive recruiter who has specialized in quantitative professionals for 30 years, told InformationWeek the demand for data scientists is at the highest level she has ever seen.

But how do these professionals spend their time? What degrees do they have? What tools do they use?

We looked at a few studies to get the answers for this handy infographic. One study from Stitch Data looks at data from LinkedIn, and provides a comprehensive view of degrees, geographies, and more. Another study is based on O'Reilly's annual salary survey.

(Image: Jessica Davis/InformationWeek)

(Image: Jessica Davis/InformationWeek)

Jessica Davis has spent a career covering the intersection of business and technology at titles including IDG's Infoworld, Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and Channel Insider, and Penton Technology's MSPmentor. She's passionate about the practical use of business intelligence, ... View Full Bio

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jastroff
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jastroff,
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8/22/2016 | 8:51:28 AM
Re: It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma
Yes, very well described. I wonder how this "new" position has re-aligned the old area of "strategic planning"
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vnewman2,
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8/18/2016 | 4:57:59 PM
It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma
Bravo for summarizing a very elusive and ill-defined term.  I've read the controversy surrounding "the data scientist is just a euphemism for statistician" argument and I think by describing what companies are looking for - it helps to differentiate it a bit.  
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