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Data Scientist

Use data to identify trends and provide insights into real-world problems.
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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.

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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.
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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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What can I earn as a Data Scientist?

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How to become a Data Scientist


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To become a Data Scientist in Australia, you usually need a formal qualification and industry experience. Some employers may prefer candidates with a postgraduate qualification.

  1. 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.
  2. Consider advancing your skills with a postgraduate degree in data science, such as a Graduate Diploma of Data Science or Master of Data Science.
  3. Aim to secure an internship while studying to develop technical and soft skills, build a portfolio and grow your professional networks.
  4. Consider starting off in an entry-level role that focuses on data, such as a Data Analyst or Business Analyst.

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Is Data Scientist the right role for me?


Job market trends for Data Scientists
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Data Scientist jobs on SEEK
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Latest Data Scientist reviews

Latest reviews from 8 Data Scientists surveyed on SEEK
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Nov 2018
good chance to learn but it's hard to see tangible results.
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Philosophy
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1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
IT
The good things
chance to meet other data scientist and the transparency gives me chances to learn what the others are doing. Good for skills development.
The challenges
The communication among data scientists and among the whole team I worked. New ideas and opinion can hardly reach the management.
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May 2021
Data science hype is real
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor of Philosophy (Science)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
ML Ops
The good things
In demand skills, lots of learning opportunities and cutting edge technology usecases
The challenges
Rapidly changing toolkit requires an forever learning attitude. You need to be techsavvy and appreciate business needs to be successful.
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