Struggling to recruit data scientists? Look to sociology and economics grads

Organisations struggling to find data scientists should look at sociology and economics graduates. That’s the opinion of Mark Ridley, CIO of recruitment website reed.co.uk. “Today data science is a huge need,” Ridley told Computing recently. “And we’ve been trying to understand how to deal with the lack of data scientists, but actually you’ve got a huge number of people trained in social science coming out of sociology and economics degrees who might make perfect data scientists,” he argued. “There are people who have been trained in statistics and may well be a bit geeky who may make perfect data scientists. Sometimes the richest ground is in being a little bit creative in where you find these people,” Ridley added. He explained that his organisation has seen success in taking people…


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