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New Poll: How long does it take to become a good data scientist?

          

The data scientist shortage is real, and many people want to join the profession. New KDnuggets poll is asking: How long does it take for a beginner to become a good data scientist? Please vote

New KDnuggets Poll is asking:

This poll is now closed, but here are the results of the poll

How long does it take for a beginner to become a good data scientist ?

There is a lot of demand for data scientists, and a famous McKinsey study projected a shortage of 140-190,000 data scientists just in the US, and 1.5 million analytics-related managers and analysts.

Some studies (and Malcom Gladwell book Outliers) suggest it takes 10,000 hours to become proficient , which is about 5 years of 50 weeks/year and 40 hours/week (of course many data scientists work longer weeks).

Derrick Harris in Why becoming a data scientist might be easier than you think, (GigaOM, Oct 14, 2012), thinks one can become a data scientist faster with Kaggle (or other) competitions and courses on python and machine learning.

What do you think? Please vote and comment.

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