Hiring a data scientist

Data scientists are a scarce resource. Hiring one will become even harder in the next few years as organizations ramp up demand and compete for the best talent. According to IBM, the need for data scientists “will soar by 28% by 2020”, while McKinsey Global Institute says the “US will experience a shortage of 190,000 skilled data scientists by 2018”.

In France, the “Big Data Plan” scheduled by the government will create 130,000 new positions by 2019. These figures are good in terms of jobs creation but are at the same time very scary. How can the world be prepared to have so many talents ready in few years? How can we recruit the best of them? Based on our experience and research, there are four areas where companies should focus their attention.

Author: Reynaldo C. Lugtu

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