New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend

U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil is one of two technologists credited with popularizing the job title data scientist. Steve Jennings/Getty Images Data scientist – a job that barely existed a decade ago – has become one of the hottest and best-paid professions in the U.S. Companies say they need people who have the skill sets – both business and technical – to analyze the rising tide of data produced by customers and operations. RJMetrics, a software startup that itself is looking for data scientists to fill open positions, dove into LinkedIn data to gauge the field’s scope. In May 2015, it scraped 236 million LinkedIn profiles – roughly 65% of profiles on the site – looking for members who included “data scientist” in their job title or headline, in any of 9 languages. RJMetrics crunched the numbers and issued…


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