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The New Career Thumbs Up- Data Scientist!

May 22, 2018
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Is Data Science the new trend for job seekers today? Some career insiders say it is the hottest job of the 21st Century. How true are these claims? Are Data Scientists really creating a revolution in the job market? Let us take a sneak peek!

Data Scientist- An Eye-Opener

In recent years, Data Science has created unlimited job opportunities in the career market. Candidates are now flocking universities to pick up the skills of a data scientist so that they can join this upcoming industrial revolution. Before we go into the details of whether data science is the right career path for you, let us first know more about the job!

Who is a data scientist?

A Data Scientist is also known in related roles like Data Manager, Data Analyst, Statistician etc. Top universities in India and across the globe have started academic programs dedicated to the tenets of Data Science.

What does a data scientist do?

A Data Scientist helps organizations to:

Understand their business domains, identify issues and threats to attain the desired product standards

Work with designers to create a visualization that balances science and aesthetics.

Work with developers to ensure the acquired data is utilized to its optimal levels during use

In short, data scientists don the roles of a problem solver, teacher and advisor to the organization.

Career path- is data science your calling?

Data Science has tremendous career opportunities, a rewarding compensation and professional growth. It provides business leaders with an insight into the vision of their organization and growth path. Data Scientists need to assess the needs of the organization and balance business and technical skills. Candidates should have the right approach and attitude to be ready to take on this responsibility.

An expert speaks…

Paco Nathan is an eminent data scientist with over 25 years of experience in the industry. In a recent interview he says that in order to establish a career in data science, you must have the skills and the desire to do so. They should be a good programmer with knowledge of the latest industry technologies like SQL, Business Intelligence, programming languages etc. They are responsible for research, data cleaning, deriving conclusions, data maintenance, presentation and statistics. They must be good at communication, presentation and public speaking.

Best companies for data scientists today

Top companies across the world are hiring data scientists on a large scale. Some of these companies also provide you with regular internships. Notable organizations that are hiring data scientists on a large scale are Zomato, Urban Clap, Mu Sigma, Social Cops, Haptik, Freshdesk, Zoho and many more. However, these companies have strict hiring procedures even for internships. This means if you are keen on pursuing a career in data science, focus on your domain knowledge. Hone your skills in the areas of R or Python, statistics, logistic regression, linear regression etc. Knowledge of tools like Rapid Miner, Map Reduce, Tableau etc are essential. Build your portfolio on portals like Kaggle, Hacker Earth and the like. You will also find websites that allow you to work on sets of public data. There are portals like Angelist in India where you can apply for internships in the field of data science.

Last but not the least do a self- analysis before deciding on whether being a data scientist is the right career path for you or not. Read credible resources on the subject online and speak to career consultants before you take the plunge- All the best!

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