Data Scientist

Job Description

Data Scientists study and solve complex problems using data in myriad industries. They formulate and design new approaches to technology and information systems. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and improve software systems 
  • Design experiments to test system operations
  • Analyze results 
  • Perform data mining to meet business objectives
  • Research, develop, and implement innovative techniques for the organization’s data
  • Work with large and complex sets of data

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, applied mathematics, or a related field. Many employers prefer candidates who have a master’s or doctorate.  

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong aptitude for business, technology, mathematics, and statistics 
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a team to examine and solve complex issues 
  • Solid understanding of computer programming and language 

Compensation

According to Payscale, the median annual salary of a Data Scientist with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $70,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $80,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $78,000
  • Miami, Florida: $80,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $80,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $80,000
  • Houston, Texas: $85,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $89,000
  • New York City, New York: $95,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $78,000
  • Overall: $84,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $90,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $110,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $95,000
  • Miami, Florida: $102,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $110,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $120,000
  • Houston, Texas: $118,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $107,000
  • New York City, New York: $120,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $110,000
  • Overall: $110,000

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Career Path

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Employers may prefer candidates who have a master’s or doctorate. Data Scientists have the opportunity to advance to positions such as Senior Data Scientist/Analyst and Senior Big Data Scientist/Analyst. Opportunities for advancement vary depending on the industry.

Position Trends

According to industry website Computer Science Online, big data is now a major component of the infrastructure, products, and services of organizations. Big data should be a $125 billion industry by the International Data Corporation, introducing a plethora of innovative processes, terms, and technology. This trend necessitates data management and interpretation skills, significantly increasing the demand for Data Scientists. 

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Data Scientist field should grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028. This growth rate is faster than average. 

Typical Hours

Typical hours for this position are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in an office setting. 

Where You Can Find Jobs

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  • Glassdoor
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Monster
  • IT Career Finder
  • The Balance Careers

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