What's it like to be a Data Scientist?
Data Scientists look for patterns in large amounts of raw data and use the data to identify trends and patterns that will help provide insights into, or solve, real-world problems.
Tasks and duties
- Determining question/s that need to be answered by developing hypotheses, gathering, organising and cleaning raw data.
- Applying algorithms in order to explore, analyse and interpret patterns in the data.
- Creating data-driven solutions for identified problems and issues, and communicating the results to a wide variety of personnel and stakeholders.
Data Scientists are employed in a range of fields, including finance, IT, public administration, health and retail.
Data Scientists need to have strong technical skills and be confident with programing in a variety of languages such as R, python, SQL and SAS. Successful Data Scientists are analytical individuals who have strong mathematical abilities, in addition to excellent communication skills.
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How to become a Data Scientist
- Complete a bachelor degree in a relevant field, such as computer science, IT, mathematics or statistics. This usually takes three years of full-time study.
- Consider advancing your skills with a postgraduate degree in data science, such as a Graduate Diploma of Data Science or Master of Data Science.
- Aim to secure an internship while studying to develop technical and soft skills, build a portfolio and grow your professional networks.
- Consider starting off in an entry-level role that focuses on data, such as a Data Analyst or Business Analyst.