Data science is having a moment. Since being named “the sexiest job of the 21st century,” data scientists have become every industry’s must-have hire. Strong math and computer science skills, combined with the ability to extract and understand data and trends, is a skillset that’s going to get almost any company to “swipe right.”
But high demand can make data scientists prohibitively expensive for midsize companies. And in a marketplace where data is the new oil, businesses that lack people who can drive and execute data-driven strategies will lose the ability to compete and innovate. Cue the “citizen data scientist.” It’s an informal designation of a power user who can use today’s automated solutions to gain analytical insights, a task that in the past required the statistics or analytics skills of a traditional data scientist.
Author: Jillian Ogawa