The Best Job in America – Data Scientist
Glassdoor recently released their review of the 25 best jobs for 2016. The ratings were determined by three key factors – number of job openings, salary, and a career opportunities rating. At the top of the list is the vaunted data scientist. Congratulations to all the data scientists and those who aspire to be one.
One of the most interesting aspects of the ranking to me is that (at least a low-level form of) data science is something that we’ve been distributing to the entire data consumption audience for years. For there to be a dedicated job, and the number one job at that, speaks to the extreme importance of data.
I sat down with data scientist Mark Schwarz, VP of data science at Square Root, to discuss data science, the data scientist, and this study. Mark started with defining the data scientist as someone who turns information into actionable next steps — a forecast, a cleaner classification, or a statement.
One thing that is evident is that the successful data scientist must be able to communicate. It’s not a role for someone in a “back room” doing analysis and coming out of the dark monthly. The data scientist actually needs to be very interactive. A data scientist will spend a considerable amount of time communicating. For example, in the Kaggle competitions, competitors spent 10 percent of their time on average on model construction and 90 percent on human interaction in setting up the problem. Feature creation and feature selection are very interactive.
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