Data Scientist

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What is a Data Scientist?
Data scientists use analytical, statistical, and programming skills to collect, analyze, and interpret large data sets in order to develop data-driven solutions to difficult business challenges.

What skills do data scientists need?
  • Analytical skills
  • Machine learning
  • Data mining & processing
  • Programming languages (R, Python, SQL)
  • Maths & statistics
  • Data visualisation, presentation & communication
What qualifications do you need to become a data scientist?
Most data scientists will have a background in maths, engineering or computer science with excellent knowledge of programming. A degree will often be required, but is not essential if you have the right skills and have a passion for data and problem-solving.

How much can a data scientist earn?
According to Indeed, the #1 job site, the average salary for a Data Scientist in 2018 is £56,548 per year in the United Kingdom and $130,278 per year in the United States.

How do I gain the skills to become a Data Scientist?
The following list of courses provides you with a step-by-step path to help you gain the necessary skills to land a job as a Data Scientist. The open online courses are open to anyone and are delivered by top universities and organisations. Little to no previous experience is required - you can follow the step-by-step path or select the courses that are most relevant to your needs.

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