Data Scientists: A New Breed of Innovators

Data scientists will have to convert a growing volume of data into meaningful insights on a massive scale, sparking the need for next-generation data scientists. By Devavrat Shah The title “data scientist” was coined in 2008, and there are already thousands of professionals working in the field. Still, many organizations—even data scientists themselves—struggle to define what a data scientist is and what he or she does. Part of the problem is that, even in the short time data scientists have been around, the definition has changed and continues to evolve in our big data world. Being a data scientist in the past required only math and statistics capabilities. Today, the role encompasses a unique combination of skills ranging from data engineer to statistician to business analyst. In other words, the…

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