The Most Overlooked Skill for Data Science Job Applicants in 2019

Data science positions saw a 56% increase in openings over the past year. There is huge demand for talented labor to fill these roles. Forums explode with threads about the best language or framework for the industry. However, no single algorithm, language, or insight will get most people hired.

What will get you a job is a decent technical background and strong subject area expertise. What is subject area expertise? In my opinion, subject area expertise falls into two categories: Industry specific knowledge and data science specific knowledge. If you are able to master one or both of these, you are likely to set yourself up for success in the job market. Industry expertise — mastery of the work domain of the role you are applying for. For my work in sports analytics, I have found this particularly useful.

Author: Ken Jee

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