How to get a job in Data Science
Data Science jobs are some of the best-paid jobs across all the major industries.
There is a shortfall of the highly skilled individuals needed to fill big data analytics jobs in Ireland, and organisations are scrambling over each other to recruit emerging and experienced talent. An organisation cannot hire an individual as a data scientist unless they have a certain skill set and academic or industry experience. And, this is what makes the broad arena of data science highly competitive.
But that said, a data scientist can emerge from just about any field in the industry. Most data scientists will tell you that it’s misleading to describe big data in terms of a set of technologies or programming languages that can be mastered. The common theme that runs through all data science careers is the need for data-savvy individuals who can draw insights and answer complex business questions from the vast amounts of data being collected in today’s modern organisation.
So, you like the sound of data science as a career. Well, below are some steps you can take to increase your chances of landing a job in one of the most lucrative, interesting and hyper-growth areas the world has seen.
There are three types of lies – “lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Most people have an opinion when it comes to statistics. Some love them, some hate them, but when it comes to data science everyone needs at least some formal training in statistical analysis. Degrees with some statistical component are highly valued, such as science or mathematics. So, if you have a knack for math or science, why not look at studying pure maths or stats or computer science or psychology in your undergraduate degree.
Psychology undergraduates are some of the most prized candidates for data science, due to their strong combination of statistical knowledge and interpersonal skills. A data scientist must integrate with a lot of different departments and must communicate information to important decision makers and c-level executives. They must make the data tell a story and answer vitally important questions that can result in a positive shift to a organisations bottom line.
Don’t stop at an Undergraduate, get a Masters or a PhD:
This isn’t a cheap option but will put you ahead in the Data Science job market. Enrolment in Data Science / Data Analytics courses are doubling every year around the world, and graduates of these programmes are sometimes being offered multiple jobs upon graduation. However, beware, and make sure that you are not signing up for a course that is not reputable. Try and stick to the major Irish universities and the Institutes and Technology. They offer masters that are thought by industry leaders and if you feel you have a PhD in you then these universities and IT’s can provide you with a pathway of study, so you can replace your Mr. Mrs. or Miss with Dr.
Kaggle, Network and Get Help:
If you want to be a data scientist or a machine learning expert, you must be on Kaggle.com – look at the User Ranking – Gilberto Titericz Junior is number one. That means that he is the number one Data Scientist in the world. He was snapped up by Airbnb. Do not underestimate the power of Kaggle.com
Network. Get yourself on MeetUp.com and join all the data science and machine learning and AI meetups you can get to. You never know, a fellow Data Scientist you meet here could be the hiring manager for the very company you want to work for.
Get Help: Here at Camden we specialise in all thing technology and data science. If you are coming out of college and want land your first data science job, or if you are an experienced data expert who is looking for a new challenge pick up the phone and give us a call.