Data science and the market for lemons

Is the influx of data science "lemons" hurting data science salaries? There was a recent quarrel in the data science community on LinkedIn regarding MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and whether aspiring data scientists should put these courses on their resumes. I don’t have a strong opinion on whether you should or shouldn’t do this--but … Continue reading Data science and the market for lemons

Is getting a Master’s in Data Science a million dollar mistake?

Colleges are businesses, and businesses are looking to make easy money. Data science is a field that presents opportunities to do that in a couple different ways. One, colleges are aware that it is incredibly easy to get a student loan--so they continually raise tuition knowing that students can just borrow as much as they … Continue reading Is getting a Master’s in Data Science a million dollar mistake?

Three essential skills you’ll need as a data scientist

There is a lot out there about what machine learning, statistics, and programming skills a data scientist needs to know. This post is not about that. This post is about the often overlooked skills that aspiring data scientists forget about when they are trying to break into the data science and analytics field. Data science … Continue reading Three essential skills you’ll need as a data scientist

How I became a data scientist

I'm not the first person to say that data science is a buzzword. The "data scientist" label gets thrown around a lot nowadays--everyone from a business analyst to a PhD-level statistician likes to call themselves data scientists. Which--sure, I guess that's not ideal, but saying "NBA Champion Scot Pollard" is just as correct as saying … Continue reading How I became a data scientist