Data science is a super-hot topic and it is the most promising job of 2020. But what do you need to become a data scientist in 2020?
Along with this question, you probably want to find out whether your skills are appropriate for this field, what steps you need to take to become a successful data scientist, and if your background will affect the chances of becoming a data scientist. All valid questions! So, to help you answer your questions, we examined 1,001 linked LinkedIn resumes of people who are currently working as data scientists to see where exactly they come from and what skills they’re using in their day-to-day activities.
The main messages we extracted from our study both last and this year, is that if you have the skill base that makes a data scientist, you can be a data scientist. It will be interesting to see how the data science profession changes in the next 2-5 years, but right now, a universal data scientist profile appears to be taking shape: a unique programming language toolbox desired across industries and locations; preferably a Master’s degree, or a Bachelor’s and proof of practical abilities; and a confident learning-on-the-go attitude are the currencies of the field.