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Data Scientist

By Mike Baumgarten

Last updated: Mar 14, 2023

A data scientist is a person who uses advanced statistical and computational methods to extract insights and knowledge from large and complex data sets.

What is a data scientist?

A data scientist is a person who uses advanced statistical and computational methods to extract insights and knowledge from large and complex data sets.

The role is typically part of a research and development department. The main objective of a data scientist is to help organizations make data-driven decisions that improve business outcomes, enhance customer experiences, and drive innovation.

In conclusion, a data scientist plays a key role in establishing loyal relationships that are mutually beneficial for a company and its customers.

At The Org we have analyzed the organizational structure of tens of thousands of companies. As a result, we’ve collected information on the typical salary range, job requirements, and typical profiles of who currently works as a data scientist.

Let’s take a look at the data.

How much does a data scientist make?

According to Glassdoor, the average salary of a data scientist across industries in the United States is $126,051/yr.

However, not all industries are created equal. According to the data, the highest average salary for a data scientist is found in the personal consumer services industry: $132,943/yr.

What are the job requirements of a data scientist?

The job requirements for a data scientist typically include:

  • A master's degree in data science, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or a related field.
  • Proficiency with data analysis techniques such as data mining, mathematics, and statistical analysis.
  • Familiarity with programming languages such as Python, R, and SQL and the ability to work with big data frameworks such as Hadoop, Spark, or MapReduce.
  • A keen eye for detail and the ability to identify and correct errors or anomalies in their data.
  • A basic understanding of business principles and the ability to translate data insights into actionable business recommendations.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to communicate complex analytical findings to non-technical stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.

Meeting a data scientist

It’s one thing to know the requirements of a role — it’s another to see yourself in it. At The Org, we believe that putting faces to the job title can provide more context and a better sense of how the role fits into the big picture.

Explore live positions for data scientists and meet the people behind the title here.

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