Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Data Scientist

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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How can data scientists increase their salaries?

To increase your salary as a data scientist, consider the following options:

  • Change of industry: Consider changing to an industry that is more competitive and willing to pay higher salaries. Social networking companies like Google and Facebook often pay premium salaries for data scientists, as do financial organizations or manufacturers.
  • Higher education: Data scientists who obtain a doctoral degree are generally able to qualify for more advanced positions and higher salaries.
  • Leadership roles: Senior data scientists oversee junior data scientists in addition to their regular responsibilities.
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What's the difference between a data scientist and a data analyst?

Data analysts dissect data to tell a story. Data scientists have the same skills as data analysts, but they also have a strong foundation in modeling, statistics, analytics and computer science. Unlike data analysts, they typically have machine learning skills.

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Can data scientists work from home?

How many hours do data scientists work?

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

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a data scientist?

How much do similar professions to data scientist get paid?