Introducing the Chief Data Scientist

In 2012 the Harvard Business Review declared chief data scientist “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” Sexy perhaps, but hardly universal. In January, Indeed.com had about 90 listings for the title, Monster.com had 19 and the federal USAJobs.gov had none. Still, the title has gained some traction in the public sphere. The White House has appointed a national chief data scientist. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency have their own, as do some state agencies. “The rise of the chief data scientist reflects the growing acknowledgment that government must make data-driven decisions to be effective,” said Jennifer Bachner, director of the master’s program in government analytics at Johns Hopkins University With the recent arrival of the chief data officer, some might ask why another C-suite…


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