Last year, data analytics guru Tom Davenport dismissed the notion that there’s a shortage of data scientist skills. Yes, they were, at one point, as “rare as vegetarian dogs.” Lately, however, while “there may not be a glut of data scientists, but they are much easier to find and hire than they used to be. If you can offer only a decent salary, you’ll probably be OK. And even the most traditional business can hire them these days.”
He observes that there are now more than 100 degree programs across the United States, and, contrary to perceptions, a master’s degree – not a Ph.D. – will suffice. Often, corporate training can bring people up to speed with essential skills. “In short, there is no excuse for not building a data science capability,” Davenport says.
Author: Joe McKendrick