Data Scientists

Data Scientist Analyzes Data Summaries

Data scientists use scientific principles to study large amounts of data. They use algorithms and machine learning to extract valuable intelligence from data to help business executives make better decisions, reach more customers, or provide better services. Data scientists are also employed by nonprofit organizations and government agencies. They may also be known as analytics scientists. Mathematicians and statisticians often perform many of the same duties as data scientists, and, in some circles, they are also considered data scientists.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Analytics Scientists
Duties Use scientific principles to collect and analyze data; assess the quality and meaningfulness of data; identify applications for data
Salary Range $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in the Northeast and on the West Coast
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience One to three years of experience via internships, summer jobs, or co-ops
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Data Officer or Consulting Firm Owner
  • Team Leader
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst