Should we stop talking about the data science shortage?

For the last five years, the common consensus has been that data science skills are the most sought after on the planet. Every report seems to reaffirm this belief: LinkedIn said the role was was the most promising in 2019, while Indeed showed a 29 per cent increase in demand for data scientists year-on-year between January 2018 and 2019.

There is a huge demand for data scientists, and there is not enough supply. So yes, there is a shortage, and indeed in my conversations with chief information officers (CIOs) and other IT leaders, it is clear that along with cyber security experts, it is one of the hardest positions to recruit for. However, there are three key reasons why this shortage is actually not the biggest issue for CIOs (or businesses) when it comes to data science.

Author: Sooraj Shah

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