“Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” So proclaimed the Harvard Business Review in 2012. Six years later and the job of a data scientist has only grown sexier. More employers than ever are looking to hire data scientists.
Yet while the supply of data science job seekers is growing, it’s far outstripped by the rising demand in postings, meaning there potentially may not be enough skilled applicants. So the bargaining power in data science remains with the job seekers, according to new Indeed research. Job postings for data scientists as a share of all postings were up 29% in December 2018 compared to a year before. This is just another solid year in what has been a spectacular and steady rise in the number of data science jobs on Indeed.com, the world’s largest job site.