Data Science

Good data scientist hunting – the sexiest job of the 21st century

It may be the “sexiest job of the 21st century”, but beyond that there isn’t a great deal of consensus on how to define a data scientist.

Part of the reason it’s so hard to pin down a meaningful definition of a data scientist, is because the scope of what a data scientist does seems impossibly broad. The organizations that make some headway on developing their data science capabilities are the ones that emphasize the cultivation of data science teams – which come together with a variety of backgrounds and technical capabilities – instead of trying to identify and recruit the proverbial “unicorn,” single rock star all-round data scientist. But even so, how does one begin to approach the task of putting together a data science team without simply resorting to a simplistic approach of peppering job descriptions with “Hadoop”, “machine learning”, and other buzzwords de jour?

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