What is a Data Scientist?

There is currently a huge shortage of data scientists, with Britain expected to create an average of 56,000 big data jobs a year until 2020, but what exactly does a data scientist do? In short, a data scientist’s job is to translate big data into insights that will help the business make better strategic decisions through mining and interpreting line upon line of data within data sets.

They take raw data and pair it with analysis which they can then unlock insights from and begin to identify trends, making the data much more meaningful and valuable to the organisation. It’s essential that data scientists have knowledge of the industry they are working in so that they can contextualise their findings.

Author: James Dredge


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