Don’t Do Data Science, Solve Business Problems

The term ‘Data Scientist’ has become colloquialized in modern business speak to signify an individual with almost every data centric skillset there is. Organizations who want to hire Data Scientists look for the ‘Unicorn’ — the Data Scientist professional with such a wide and deep skillset, they practically don’t exist.

When most people look at this diagram, they instantly think that it defines a Data Scientist. As in anyone who calls themselves a Data Scientist should be an expert at Hacking, Math & Statistics, AND have Substantive Expertise in the field they work in. In practice, individuals who are truly experts in all three of these areas are extremely few and far between (If you are a true expert in all three, you’re probably working at Google, Microsoft, or Facebook).

Author: Cameron Warren

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