Data scientists spend 60 per cent of their time as ‘digital janitors’

Data scientists spend a lot of time doing things they don’t like, such as sorting out problems with unprocessed information, but they still love their jobs according to a new survey. The second annual Data Science report from data enrichment platform CrowdFlower shows that there’s a perceived shortage of data scientists, with 83 per cent saying there aren’t enough to go around, up from 79 per cent last year. The results of asking how data scientists spend their time are revealing to. They spend 60 per cent of their time acting as “digital janitors” cleaning and organising data prior to processing. Only nine per cent of their time is spent mining for patterns and only four per cent building algorithms, the sort of tasks that we think of data scientists…


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