Five Essential Traits of a Data Scientist

Trillions of pixels have been deployed to answer the question ‘What makes a good data scientist?’ Most of these articles have focused on skills and tools of data science while almost none have discussed the personalities that make good, even great, data scientists.

A google search for “data science skills” returns 38 million results; ‘data scientist traits’ yields an anemic 938,000 results. Given the range of free, nearly-free, and paid training on the internet, just about anyone can master the tools and skills that go into the practice of data science. But gaining those tools and applying them well requires a set of traits that are hard to identify and still harder to master.

Author: Charles Rice


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