As you look to begin or even pivot from your current career, you should consider entering the data analytics field as a data scientist. Sounds impressive. The reality is that all the tech connectivity we are creating in the world is spewing out so much data, we need a massive amount of people to translate that data into information. And this “creation of data” will never slow down in your lifetime. That creates the rise of a whole new career designed around data analytics. Hello data scientist.
Fueled by big data and AI, demand for data science skills is growing exponentially, according to large job sites. The supply of skilled applicants, however, is growing at a slower pace. It's a great time to be a data scientist entering the job market. That's according to recent data from job sites Indeed and Dice. The January 2019 report from Indeed, one of the top job sites, showed a 30% increase in demand for data scientists year over year and a 348% increase since 2013, a dramatic upswing. But while demand, in the form of job postings, continues to rise sharply, searches by job seekers skilled in data science grew at a slower pace (15%), suggesting a gap between supply and demand.
Similarly, data from technology job site Dice showed the number of data science job postings on its platform, as a proportion of total posted jobs, has increased about 33% year over year, and the site considers data science a "high-demand skill." Dice noted that the job postings are from companies in a wide variety of industries, not just tech. The number of job postings for the related and much-talked-about skill of deep learning has more than doubled year over year, according to Dice.
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