How to become a Data Scientist


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What do they do?

A data scientist is tasked with extracting, analysing and interpreting vast amounts of data using statistical tools and other techniques to produce usable findings for a business.

Once the data has been interpreted, the findings will be presented to the business in a clear and consumable way, that’s easy for recipients to understand. 

Data scientists work across various sectors including finance, health, retail, IT and many more. Businesses in these sectors produce a lot of data which, when organised and analysed well, can be used to help the business operate more efficiently. 

Typical duties of a data scientist include: 

  • Working with the business to identify issues and provide solutions
  • Selecting the appropriate statistical techniques for a project
  • Using machine learning and other tools to produce solutions to problems
  • Putting forward suggestions to improve data collection methods 
  • Creating reports to summarise what’s happening within the business
  • Keeping on top of technological developments to ensure the most up-to-date and advanced methods are being used
Is it right for me?

First of all, if you don’t enjoy working with statistics and complex sets of information, being a data scientist might not be the job for you. People working in this role spend most of their time analysing and interpreting data using the most advanced analytical tools - so you’ll also need a great eye for detail to get the job done.

However, if you enjoy working as part of a team and testing your knowledge to come up with the best outcome (see also: data visualisations) for a business, you’ll thrive in this job. 

A good data scientist should have: 

  • Excellent analytical thinking skills
  • Some experience working with analytics tools
  • Great listening and communication skills
  • The ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Great time management skills 
Career progression

Junior data scientist

Up to 45,000

Data scientist

Up to 55,000

Senior data scientist

Up to 65,000

What's it really like?

Get qualified

A degree in a related subject, such as computer science, mathematics or statistics may be required by some employers. However, it’s possible to become a data scientist by working your way up from a more junior position, often alongside undertaking specialised training related to the role. 

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