Who is a data scientist, and what do they do? It’s a worthy question, and one that’s been asked an untold number of times over the years. But now it appears the job definition of the data scientist is changing into something new. The big question, then, is what replaces it?
The traditional definition of a data scientist is somebody who has the requisite skills to build applications that can manipulate large amounts of data to affect some positive change in an organization. The Venn diagram of the data scientist typically shows strength in three overlapping areas: mathematics/statistics, computer science, and business expertise (although there’s often less emphasis on the third category, owing to the rarity of these “unicorns”).
Author: Alex Woodie