Murray Webb had been a lackluster student more interested in sports than schoolwork while attending a small Virginia college. Then he transferred to Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta to pursue a master's degree in applied statistics and landed four job offers upon graduation. Webb, 33, now earns $160,000 a year targeting health care customers for hospitals and says he is approached weekly by companies and recruiters seeking data scientists. Webb is part of a national employment trend that has data scientists at tech companies such as Airbnb and Uber adding the words "I'm hiring" next to their LinkedIn.com profiles. "The word on the street is there's definitely a shortage of people who can do data science," said Daniel Gutierrez, managing editor of the journal insideBIGDATA in Los Angeles. "A lot of people are transitioning from other fields like economics, psychology, mathematics, because they see the field is exploding and there's money to be made."Indeed, it turns out … [Read more...] about Is data science tech’s ‘sexiest job’? Talent wars say so
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The title “data scientist” has been around for only a few years, but thousands of professionals are already working as data scientists at companies of all sizes. Dubbed “the sexiest job of the 21st century” by Harvard Business Review and the “best job in America” by Glassdoor, the role of the data scientist is in high demand as organizations desperately need professionals who can organize the astonishing amount of data that is being generated as well as prepare data for analysis.Data science is now appealing to more and more professionals already in a management or analytics role, particularly those interested in pivoting their careers for the new digital age. According to Forbes, for most of 2016, there was an average of 2,900 unique job postings for data scientists listed each month. According to a McKinsey Global Institute study, it’s predicted that by 2018, there will be almost 200,000 open positions.Despite the tempting and seemingly … [Read more...] about Thinking about a career switch to data science?
Of the many use cases Python covers, data analytics has become perhaps the biggest and most significant. The Python ecosystem is loaded with libraries, tools, and applications that make the work of scientific computing and data analysis fast and convenient.But for the developers behind the Julia language — aimed specifically at “scientific computing, machine learning, data mining, large-scale linear algebra, distributed and parallel computing”—Python isn’t fast or convenient enough. It’s a trade-off, good for some parts of this work but terrible for others.What is the Julia language?Created in 2009 by a four-person team and unveiled to the public in 2012, Julia is meant to address the shortcomings in Python and other languages and applications used for scientific computing and data processing. “We are greedy,” they wrote. They wanted more: We want a language that’s open source, with a liberal license. We want the … [Read more...] about Julia vs. Python: Julia language rises for data science
Data scientist is one of the hottest jobs in IT. What’s more, it's the best job you can get, period, according to data from Glassdoor. If you're looking to get into this field, or you want to stand out against the competition, look no further than data science certifications.Data science is important to nearly every company and industry out there, but the skills that recruiters are looking for will vary across businesses and industries. Certifications are a great way to gain an edge because they allow you to hone niche skills that are hard to find in your desired industry. It’s also a way to back up your skills, so recruiters and hiring managers know what they’re getting if they hire you.Whether you’re looking to earn a certification from an accredited university, gain some experience as a new grad, hone vendor-specific skills or demonstrate your broad knowledge of data analytics, at least one of these seven certifications will work for you.Dell EMC Proven … [Read more...] about The Top 7 Data Science Certifications That Will Pay Off
Most organizations have well established procedures for vetting and sharing computer code. But what about data analysis?Important findings are often held in "a mixed bag of presentations, emails, and Google Docs," two members of Airbnb's engineering and data science team blogged at Medium in February. When someone in the organization wants to locate and use that existing work, they often have to track down updated code and waste time checking and reproducing earlier results. And then they'll typically distribute their own findings "through a presentation, email, or Google Doc, perpetuating the cycle."After considering various ideas on how to solve this problem, Airbnb created an internal Knowledge Repo, combining git version control and Markdown templates for reporting results. Airbnb recently open-sourced its Knowledge Repository Beta, seeking contributors to help move the project forward.Git allows the same sort of peer review and version control that developers typically use to … [Read more...] about Airbnb open sources data-science-sharing platform