Hottest job? Data scientists say they’re still mostly digital ‘janitors’

Data scientists are considered to have the hottest job right now, but a new study suggests they’re little more than “digital janitors” who spend most of their time cleaning data to prepare it for analysis. That’s according to CrowdFlower, a crowdsourcing company, which surveyed 80 data scientists with varying levels of experience. While an advanced degree is usually required for the position, a full 60 percent of respondents said they spend most of their time cleaning and organizing data, leaving little for analytical tasks like building training sets and refining algorithms. [ Also on CIO.com: 10 questions to ask analytics vendors (before you buy) ] “You have your hardest-to-hire resource spending most of their time cleaning data,” said Lukas Biewald, CrowdFlower’s cofounder and CEO. “It’s a humongous waste for organizations.”…


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