Data scientist skills range from data prep to storytelling

Data scientists aren’t born — they’re made. IT pros from a wide range of backgrounds are working to gain the data science skills for which companies are looking.

There isn’t one type of data scientist. Some started out as developers, others IT analysts, some are jack-of-all-trade data creatives and others are businesspeople turned data junkies. That variety was on display at the TDWI Accelerate conference in Boston recently, where software developers, business analysts, IT pros, database administrators, an astrophysics major and even a lawyer converged to learn about data scientist skills, as well as the strategies they’ll need to work in that role — or at least to understand the growing number of people who do.

Author: Bridget Botelho


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