Demand for developers with data science skills continues to grow. Here’s what you need to learn to break into a career in the field.
Looking to expand your skills in the tech realm? Demand for developers with data science skills is currently “very strong” among businesses, according to Shu Wu, director of Indeed Prime, with “tremendous growth” over the last four years for data scientist job postings.
“Job outlook is strong and data science roles command a high average salary, but the competition is tough,” Wu said. “A data scientist that is an expert at examining data is great, but someone who can make data digestible for the entire organization is pinnacle.”
Technology advances and the massive volumes of online data available are affecting every sector and have tremendous impacts on the economy, said Karen Panetta, IEEE fellow and dean of graduate engineering at Tufts University. This so-called “data avalanche” is not just about the sheer volume of data, but also the speed at which it changes and grows, and the diverse types of data available.
“Knowing how to use a spreadsheet and a traditional database will not suffice in the emerging Big Data revolution,” Panetta said. “Analyses need to be done in real-time, where decisions can be critical. Being able to simply know how to use the software tools is only part of this challenge. Understanding the data across disciplines, being able to communicate its meaning, and using statistics will be the differentiating factors from a traditional ‘number cruncher.'”\