How a Ph.D. in data science can fix the talent gap and improve the discipline

Image: iStockphoto/artisteer There’s no denying the exponential growth of data science as both a field of study and career choice. In 2012, the Harvard Business Review went as far as to call the role of data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” While there’s been much said and written about the actual staying power of data science, it’s difficult to deny the current buzz. At the time of this writing, there are roughly 30,000 job postings on LinkedIn and about 22,000 postings on Indeed for “data scientist.” However, the explosion of data scientist jobs in the private sector is a double-edged sword. While it has increased interest in the field, it has also harmed the academic community around data science. It is this reason that Jennifer Priestley, a…


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