How to Become a Data Scientist

This is the best "how to become a data scientist" post I've ever read (and I have an entire section of my Pocket just dedicated to this micro-genre of posts!). There are three reasons why it's so brilliant:

  1. The author is a recruiter, not a data scientist, and is focused solely on hiring for data science positions. He/she talks to dozens of data scientists a day and the post reflects this broad view of the landscape.
  2. The post features interviews with practitioners in a wide range of roles, giving an up-close-and-personal look at the breadth of roles available.
  3. The post focuses on the motivations, not just the capabilities, of the best data scientists. This is so critically important. I love this quote from Dylan Hogg, Head of Data Science at The Search Party:
Regardless of education or experience, there’s something more fundamental, which is your nature of curiosity, determination and tenacity. There are so many times when you hit a problem: perhaps the algorithm isn’t performing in the way it needs to, or perhaps the technology is being a pain. Either way, you can study machine learning algorithms or software engineering best practice, but if you’re not really determined, you’re going to give up and not get through it.

If you or anyone you know is currently hoping to get into the field, this is a must-read. 


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