What on Earth Is a Data Scientist? The Buzzword’s Inventor DJ Patil Spills All

If you have paid even the slightest attention to the job market lately, you might have noticed a stirring trend in hiring these days: every recruiter, from large corporations and tiny startups alike, is looking to fill a position called “data scientist.”

If you take a closer look, it’s likely that some of your friends with no science background whatsoever have already caught up with the buzz and have rebranded their professional selves as data scientists on LinkedIn. The term “data scientist,” virtually unheard of just a few years ago, now returns over 25,000 results on LinkedIn’s Jobs page—that’s a solid 2,000 more than the search results of the universally trendy “financial analyst” (at least to us New Yorkers).

Author: Sissi Cao

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