Sexiest Job of the 21st Century: Data Scientist

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IT insiders break down the data scientist career path, one of this decade’s most exciting and opportunity-rich job roles.

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The question facing every company, start-up, non-profit, and government agency that wants to attract a community, is how to use data effectively.

Dubbed the “sexiest job of the 21st century” by Harvard Business Review, Data Scientist promises to be one the most sought-after and hard-to-fill job roles in 2013 and beyond.

The digital data explosion – fueled by quantum leaps in bandwidth and processing power, cutting-edge analysis software, and the proliferation of inexpensive [physical and cloud-based] storage solutions – is enabling businesses to capture unprecedented quantities of data. Companies believe this “big data” holds the intelligence to influence smarter tactics, reduce costs and increase market share. It’s the data scientist’s job to analyze these massive data sets and uncover predictive insights that will spur a competitive advantage.

The data scientist job description is the latest deep-dive profile from the tech employment experts at, a leading online community for career-minded IT professionals and executives. The data scientist deep-dive compares key data points for prospective IT pros and hiring managers, including data scientist salaries and job openings, trending skills and certifications, education requirements and training programs, future outlook and tips from IT insiders.

Courses for aspiring data scientists are growing in number; Boston University offers a unique Master’s Degree in Data Management and Business Intelligence, and accredited online colleges like University of Phoenix, Kaplan and DeVry University have added a range of undergraduate data scientist training programs.

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