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Working As A Data Scientist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Scientist Do

Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, science, medicine, and other fields.

Duties

Computer and information research scientists typically do the following:

  • Explore fundamental issues in computing and develop theories and models to address those issues
  • Help scientists and engineers solve complex computing problems
  • Invent new computing languages, tools, and methods to improve the way in which people work with computers
  • Develop and improve the software systems that form the basis of the modern computing experience
  • Design experiments to test the operation of these software systems 
  • Analyze the results of their experiments
  • Publish their findings in academic journals and present their findings at conferences

Computer and information research scientists create and improve computer software and hardware.

Creating and improving software involves working with algorithms, which are sets of instructions that tell a computer what to do. Some computer tasks are very difficult and require complex algorithms. Computer and information research scientists try to simplify these algorithms to make computer systems as efficient as possible. The algorithms allow advancements in many types of technology, such as machine learning systems and cloud computing.

Computer and information research scientists design new computer architecture that improves the performance and efficiency of computer hardware. Their work often leads to technological advancements and efficiencies, such as better networking technology, faster computing speeds, and improved information security. In general, computer and information research scientists work at a more theoretical level than do other computer professionals.  

Many people with a computer and information research science background become postsecondary teachers. In general, researchers in an academic setting focus on computer theory, although those working for businesses or scientific organizations usually focus on projects that may produce profits.

Some computer scientists work with electrical engineers, computer hardware engineers, and other specialists on multidisciplinary projects. The following are examples of types of specialties for computer and information research scientists:

Data mining. Computer and information research scientists write algorithms that are used to detect and analyze patterns in very large datasets. They improve ways to sort, manage, and display data. Computer scientists build algorithms into software packages that make the data easier for analysts to use. For example, they may create an algorithm to analyze a very large set of medical data in order to find new ways to treat diseases. They may also look for patterns in traffic data to help clear accidents faster.

Robotics. Some computer and information research scientists study how to improve robots. Robotics explores how a machine can interact with the physical world. Computer and information research scientists create the programs that control the robots. They work closely with engineers who focus on the hardware design of robots. Together, these workers test how well the robots do the tasks they were created to do, such as assemble cars and collect data on other planets.

Programming. Computer and information research scientists design new programming languages that are used to write software. The new languages make software writing more efficient by improving an existing language, such as Java, or by making a specific aspect of programming, such as image processing, easier.

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How To Become A Data Scientist

Most jobs for computer and information research scientists require a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field. In the federal government, a bachelor’s degree may be sufficient for some jobs.

Education

Most computer and information research scientists need a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field, such as computer engineering. A Ph.D. usually requires 4 to 5 years of study after earning a bachelor’s degree, typically in a computer-related field, such as computer science or information systems. During their first 2 years in a Ph.D. program, students take a variety of computer science classes. They then choose a specialty and spend the remaining years in the program doing research within that specialty.

Computer scientists who work in a specialized field may need knowledge of that field. For example, those working on biomedical applications may have to take some biology classes.

Advancement

Some computer scientists may become computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer and information research scientists must be organized in their thinking and analyze the results of their research to formulate conclusions.

Communication skills. Computer and information research scientists must communicate well with programmers and managers and be able to clearly explain their conclusions to people with no technical background. They often present their research at conferences.

Critical-thinking skills. Computer and information research scientists work on many complex problems.

Detail oriented. Computer and information research scientists must pay close attention to their work, because a small programming error can cause an entire project to fail.

Ingenuity. Computer and information research scientists must continually come up with innovative ways to solve problems, particularly when their ideas do not initially work as intended.

Logical thinking. Computer algorithms rely on logic. Computer and information research scientists must have a talent for reasoning.

Math skills. Computer and information research scientists must have knowledge of advanced math and other technical topics that are critical in computing.

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Data Scientist Career Paths

Data Scientist
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader
Project Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant
Solutions Architect
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader
Senior Business Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Analytics Consultant Analytical Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Analytics Consultant Analytical Manager Senior Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Analytics Consultant Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert Senior Business Analyst
Business Systems Senior Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
Chief Architect
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Lead Technician
ETL Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Senior Java Developer
Lead Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Business Analyst Senior Business Data Analyst
Senior Data Analyst-
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Project Leader Senior Java Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Data Architect
Lead Data Architect
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Senior Data Architect Senior Database Administrator
Database Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Data Analyst- Oracle Senior Developer Lead Developer
Lead Software Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician ETL Lead Lead Developer
Software Engineer Lead
6 Yearsyrs
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Data Scientist Demographics

Gender

Male

60.8%

Unknown

20.9%

Female

18.3%
Ethnicity

White

44.4%

Asian

30.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.3%

Chinese

16.3%

French

15.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

German

7.5%

Japanese

5.0%

Russian

3.8%

Portuguese

2.5%

Hebrew

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Korean

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Marathi

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Dakota

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Armenian

1.3%
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Data Scientist Education

Schools

Columbia University

8.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.9%

Northwestern University

6.6%

New York University

6.4%

Stanford University

6.4%

University of Washington

5.7%

University of California - Berkeley

5.5%

Johns Hopkins University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.6%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.6%

University of Chicago

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Virginia

3.8%

George Washington University

3.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.6%

George Mason University

3.6%

University of California - Davis

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.1%

Statistics

15.5%

Information Systems

8.8%

Mathematics

8.5%

Management Science

6.2%

Physics

5.9%

Chemistry

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Economics

4.4%

Business

4.0%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Finance

3.3%

Biostatistics

2.2%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Biology

1.7%

Operations Research

1.7%

Biomedical Engineering

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

48.1%

Doctorate

25.7%

Bachelors

17.5%

Other

5.9%

Certificate

1.9%

Associate

0.6%

Diploma

0.3%
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How much does a Data Scientist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Scientist in the United States is $92,734 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $59,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $144,000.

Real Data Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Data Scientist JD.com American Technologies Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 17, 2016 $250,000 -
$270,000
Chief Data Scientist Tibco Software, Inc. Chapel Hill, NC May 01, 2015 $237,600
Chief Data Scientist Noodle Education, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 30, 2016 $205,000
Data Scientist Baidu USA LLC Sunnyvale, CA Sep 02, 2015 $205,000
Principal Data Scientist Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 28, 2016 $200,000
Principal Data Scientist Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 22, 2015 $200,000
Data Scientist Tastemade Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 10, 2016 $195,000
Data Scientist 3 EBAY, Inc. Bellevue, WA Nov 30, 2015 $195,000
Director, Data Scientist KPMG LLP Knoxville, TN Oct 31, 2016 $192,000
Principal Data Scientist Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Jun 09, 2016 $190,000
Data Scientist Maplebear Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2016 $189,000
Staff Data Scientist Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. New York, NY Jun 27, 2016 $187,500
Staff Data Scientist Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 24, 2016 $187,000
Data Scientist Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Sep 14, 2015 $185,000
Data Scientist Edataforce Consulting LLC New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $124,800
Data Scientist Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Feb 03, 2016 $124,775 -
$164,775
Data Scientist Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Jan 25, 2015 $124,769
Data and Applied Scientist Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Feb 18, 2016 $124,580
Data Scientist Viglink, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $124,072 -
$142,000
Data Scientist Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Jan 07, 2016 $124,000
Data Scientist 2 Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 30, 2016 $124,000
Data Scientist IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Oct 08, 2016 $107,300 -
$222,700
Data Scientist IBM Corporation Somers, NY Oct 08, 2016 $107,300 -
$222,700
Associate-Data Scientist BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Washington, DC Aug 14, 2016 $107,250
Data Scientist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 28, 2016 $107,100 -
$127,100
Data Scientist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 23, 2016 $107,100
Data Scientist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 20, 2016 $107,100 -
$127,100
Big Data Scientist American Express Company New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $107,100
Data Scientist Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 10, 2016 $107,071 -
$112,000

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Top Skills for A Data Scientist

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  2. Data Analysis
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Created PL/SQL packages and Database Triggers and developed user procedures and prepared user manuals for the new programs.
  • Improved curriculum materials in python, machine learning and statistical inference.
  • Design and build custom investment analytics for institutional clients using their data assets and our proprietary statistical engines.

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