According to a CrowdFlower survey, more than 90 percent of data scientists said they were happy doing their jobs, and nearly 50 percent said they were thrilled
A new study by AI firm CrowdFlower reveals that a majority of data scientists feel as though they’ve landed this century’s sexiest job. While the sexiness is debatable, it’s clear that job satisfaction rates are high within this burgeoning career path.
According to the study, more than 90 percent of data scientists surveyed said they were happy doing their jobs, and nearly 50 percent said they were thrilled.
Data scientists are effectively the human engine behind today’s most pivotal technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithms and analytics. This report suggests most practicing data scientists are well aware of their importance and relish the job stability.
Nearly 90 percent of data scientists are contacted at least once a month for new job opportunities, more than 50 percent are contacted on a weekly basis, and 30 percent are contacted several times a week, according to the study’s findings.
Interestingly, there’s a disconnect between job satisfaction and the tasks that data scientists spend most of their time doing. The study found that data scientists are spending an inordinate amount of time on the tasks they dislike the most and little time on activities they enjoy.
Data scientists say they are happiest doing cerebral tasks, such as building and modeling data, mining data for patterns, and refining algorithms. However, the bulk of a data scientist’s work day is spent on so-called janitorial tasks, which include cleaning and organizing data, labeling data, and collecting data sets.