In Defense of PhDs for Careers in Data Science

“Skip the PhD and Learn Spark, Data Science Salary Survey Says,” claimed a recent report.On the surface, the data appears to make a case for this approach. Spark, or indeed any technology making waves right now, probably represents a very good way to get in-demand (and therefore well paid) roles. But as someone for whom a PhD has worked very well, I want to put the counter argument for their value in the world of data analytics. One that looks to the longer game. Firstly we should mention that PhDs are not purely about financial value. It’s certainly true that the majority are done based on a genuine desire for advanced work in that subject – PhDs are hard to complete without that personal drive. The impact on earning power…


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