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Data Scientist

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

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About This Career

Develops and implements a set of techniques or analytics applications to transform raw data into meaningful information using data-oriented programming languages and visualization software. Applies data mining, data modeling, natural language processing, and machine learning to extract and analyze information from large structured and unstructured datasets. Visualizes, interprets, and reports data findings. May create dynamic data reports.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Analyzes, manipulates, or processes large sets of data using statistical software.
  • Applies feature selection algorithms to models predicting outcomes of interest, such as sales, attrition, and healthcare use.
  • Applies sampling techniques to determine groups to be surveyed or uses complete enumeration methods.
  • Cleans and manipulates raw data using statistical software.
  • Compares models using statistical performance metrics, such as loss functions or proportion of explained variance.
  • Creates graphs, charts, or other visualizations to convey the results of data analysis using specialized software.
  • Delivers oral or written presentations of the results of mathematical modeling and data analysis to management or other end users.
  • Designs surveys, opinion polls, or other instruments to collect data.
  • Identifies business problems or management objectives that can be addressed through data analysis.
  • Identifies relationships and trends or any factors that could affect the results of research.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel


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