If you’re in the market to hire a data scientist, good luck. Demand continues to outpace supply thanks to the unique abilities of data scientists and businesses’ desire to be data-driven. But you can increase the odds of success by keeping certain things in mind as you scour the land for unicorns.
Six years ago, Tom Davenport and DJ Patil kicked off a hiring frenzy for data scientists by declaring data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century” in a Harvard Business Review article. That got the attention of corporations, universities, and out-of-work statisticians alike, and the frenzy to hire data scientists has not calmed down since. In fact, demand for data scientists has grown. According to the August jobs report by LinkedIn, there were 150,000 fewer data scientists than needed to fill open jobs in that profession.
Author: Alex Woodie