A calculator was once a person. Webmaster was once a hot career. Mid-level managers once had secretaries. In each case, advancements in hardware and software took specialized skills and put them into the hands of generalists. While specialist jobs were lost, the democratization of these technologies unleashed waves of innovation, commerce and job creation.
Similarly, I believe the job of data scientist as we know it today will be barely recognizable in five to 10 years. Instead, end users in all manner of economic sectors will work with data science software the way non-technical people work with Excel today. In fact, those data science tools might be just another tab in Excel 2029. Financial analysts today rarely need to recruit data scientists to help them because the platforms they use already provide the data science tools they need.
Author: Nate Oostendorp