Data Scientist Most In-Demand Job, Reports Fast Company

Data scientists “are among the most wanted hires,” and to become one, individuals need skills in database management, statistics and machine learning, and distributed and parallel systems, reports Fast Company.

The findings come from a recent report of jobs site Glassdoor, which ranks the top 25 jobs in America based on  earning potential, career opportunities, and number of job openings.

The article also quotes recent analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the American Statistical Association, which shows that mean annual wages for statisticians grew 12% between 2000 and 2014 in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The article notes that there are 1,736 job openings for data scientists and the median base salary is $116,840.

Want to learn more about what data scientists do, and why statistics is such an important part of the field? Read profiles about data scientist Hilary Parker of Etsy,  Rayid Ghani of Data Science for Social Good, and DJ Patil, the first chief data scientist of the United States.

Read the full Fast Company article here.

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