Data scientist

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How much does a Data Scientist make in the United States?

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The average salary for a data scientist is $123,786 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Stock options
  • Food provided
  • Commuter assistance
  • Green card sponsorship
  • Gym membership

What does a Data Scientist do?

Data scientists are information technology professionals who are responsible for interpreting large amounts of raw data. They are an invaluable part of organizations and are often found in commerce, government and technical and scientific services. Data scientists often work on teams with other technology professionals. As they obtain more experience, they may qualify for senior data scientist roles.

Working as a Data Scientist

Depending on their specific role and years of experience, a data scientist may:

  • Identifying data-analytics problems that could yield the greatest opportunities for an organization
  • Collecting large sets of data and cleaning and validating the data to ensure it is accurate and complete
  • Devising and applying algorithms and models to mine the data stores
  • Analyzing the data for trends and patterns
  • Interpreting the data to find the solutions and communicating their findings to key stakeholders

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Is a data scientist considered an 'in-demand' occupation?

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, data scientists fall under the larger category of computer and information research scientists. Employment for these professionals is projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Rapid growth in data collection by businesses is expected to substantially increase the need for data-mining services.

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What skills are needed to be a data scientist?

  • Data scientists must have a number of hard skills, including:
  • Linear algebra and calculus
  • Computer programming
  • Software engineering
  • Statistics
  • Machine learning
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