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Become A Data Scientist

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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

  • $91,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Scientist Do

A Data Scientist analyzes information from multiple sources in order to gain maximum insight that can give the company a competitive advantage. They work in different domains, including manufacturing, healthcare, education, and finance.

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.


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.


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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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 -
Chief Data Scientist Tibco Software, Inc. Chapel Hill, NC May 01, 2015 $237,600
Data Scientist Baidu USA LLC Sunnyvale, CA Sep 02, 2015 $205,000
Chief Data Scientist Noodle Education, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 30, 2016 $205,000
Principal Data Scientist Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 28, 2016 $200,000
Vice President, Aperio Data Scientist-Modeling Point72 Asset Management LP New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $200,000
Principal Data Scientist Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 22, 2015 $200,000
Data Scientist 3 EBAY, Inc. Bellevue, WA Nov 30, 2015 $195,000
Data Scientist Tastemade Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 10, 2016 $195,000
Director, Data Scientist KPMG LLP Knoxville, TN Oct 31, 2016 $192,000
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Top Skills for A Data Scientist


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Top Data Scientist Skills

  1. R
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Machine Learning Algorithms
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cross Platform data mapping, identifying links and build components using identity graphs to detect fraud patterns.
  • Created PL/SQL packages and Database Triggers and developed user procedures and prepared user manuals for the new programs.
  • Worked on, multiple projects to leverage statistical learning/machine learning algorithms to automate Alternate Asset Servicing.
  • Used Python as a programming tool to analyze public MTA turnstile data to make an informed decision.
  • Performed side projects using data science, analysis, predictive analytics, forecasting, optimization, research, and statistical mythbusting.

Top Data Scientist Employers

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What Kind Of Companies Hire a Data Scientist

  1. Bank of America
  2. GM Financial
  3. Deutsche Bank
  4. Metis
  5. Booz Allen Hamilton
  6. IBM
  7. Cisco
  8. LAZ Parking
  9. NYC Data Science Academy
  10. TripAdvisor
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