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Data Scientist

Salary Range*
  • Entry-level: $94,280
  • Median: $125,140
  • Experienced: $158,060

* Varies by state. Cost of living should be taken in to account per state as well. More details available at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Increasing Demand
  • This career employs more people, year after year. It is one of the fastest-growing careers.
The Basics

Data science has been called one of the hottest jobs of the 21st century. It involves turning unorganized data into knowledge. 

The field is becoming so widespread that, as a data scientist, you can work on problems you personally find interesting. Have a passion for fashion? Then maybe you'd be interested in working at Stitch Fix, a fashion company that uses data science and algorithms to help its customers pick out their outfits. 

The Workplace

Data scientists work in university labs, traditional office settings, or home offices.

The Prerequisites

Data scientists need to be proficient in the computer languages Python and MYSQL, among other languages. It is a relatively new field so schools just recently started dedicated data science programs. Many data scientists these days have a Ph.D. in a computationally intensive field of science but many are also self-taught or have completed an online boot camp. 

What People Are Saying

I think in today’s market, the most valuable thing that you can be is a mathematician or a data scientist. ... Having a math degree is like having a degree in problem solving. Every company needs that.

Derek Lietz, Vice President and Data Scientist at Intellectual Property Solutions Group