Help set the standards for a Data Scientist

The field of data science is moving fast. People are claiming to be data scientists; yet the knowledge, experience, and backgrounds of those people can be very different. Different is not bad. However, there a little standards around what exactly a data scientist is.

Sticking with this week’s theme of “What is a Data Scientist”, an organization titled, Initiative for Analytics and Data Science Standards¬†(IADSS) has kicked-off a research study at global scale. The study aims to gain insight about the analytics profession in the industry and help support the development of standards regarding analytics role definitions, required skills and career advancement paths. This will help set some industry standards which in turn could support the healthy growth of the analytics market.¬†¬†

If you want to be a part of this initiative and help collectively define industry standards, I encourage you to take part in the research. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes and answers for the survey will be kept anonymous. More details are provided at introduction pages of the survey at Data Science Industry Standards Research Survey

Currently, over 12 million users on LinkedIn claim to have data science and analytics capabilities. The field could use some standards around different roles and necessary skills.

Typical Data Scientist 2019

The profile of a data scientist is changing slightly as the profession becomes more solidified. Data Science 365 conducts a study to determine some of the characteristics of a “typical data scientist.” The below infographic covers a wealth of information from programming languages used to educational backgrounds to locations. It is definitely worth looking at to understand the attributes of a data scientist in 2019.

typical data scientist 2019 infographic