In a Data Deluge, Companies Seek to Fill a New Role: “DATA SCIENTIST”

28. May 2013

Date: 28-05-2013

  Source: Technology Review 

A job invented in Silicon Valley is going mainstream as more industries try to gain an edge from big data. 

WHY IT MATTERS: Communications, computing, and biomedical advances are spurring an explosion of data. How companies use it could determine their own survival. 

Data science and personal information are converging to shape the Internet’s most powerful and surprising consumer products. 

The job description “data scientist” didn’t exist five years ago. No one advertised for an expert in data science, and you couldn’t go to school to specialize in the field. Today, companies are fighting to recruit these specialists, courses on how to become one are popping up at many universities, and the Harvard Business Review even proclaimed that data scientist is the “sexiest” job of the 21st century. 

Data scientists take huge amounts of data and attempt to pull useful information out. The job combines statistics and programming to identify sometimes subtle factors that can have a big impact on a company’s bottom line, from whether a person will click on a certain type of ad to whether a new chemical will be toxic in the human body.  Read the rest of this entry »


Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century

20. September 2012

An article by Thomas Davenport from the October 2012 Harvard Business Review (Special issue about Big Data)

a new role is fast gaining prominence in organizations: that of the data scientist. data scientists are the people who understand how to fish out answers to important business questions from today’s tsunami of unstructured information. as companies rush to capitalize on the potential of big data, the largest constraint many face is the scarcity of this special talent.
no university programs have yet been designed to churn out data scientists, so recruiting them requires  creativity. look for achievers in any field with a strong data and computational focus, which might take you as far afield from business as experimental physics or systems biology. recognize, too, that the aspects of a job that will attract and retain a data scientist may differ from what makes other professionals happy. Read the rest of this entry »