Hoping to land this year’s ‘hottest job’? Here’s what you need to be a data scientist

Now that “data scientist” has been named this year’s hottest job, it’s only natural to wonder if you’ve got what it takes to fill it. With a median base salary of $116,840 and top rankings from recruiting site Glassdoor for job and career opportunities, the position currently suffers from a chronic shortage of supply, despite universities’ best efforts to launch new training programs. It’s a wide-open opportunity for people with the right stuff, in other words. Could that include you? It all depends, said Adam Flugel, a data-science recruiter with Burtch Works. Among the base requirements for the position are deep statistical knowledge and the ability to work with predictive analytics, Flugel said in an interview this week. R and Python skills are commonly needed, as is evidence of general coding…


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