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NEW: 6 Hot Career Prospects in Data Science Industry Today


 
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You read that Data Scientist is “The Sexiest Job of The 21st Century”, but there are other jobs profiles and opportunities in Data Science – read about these roles, responsibilities, skills, salary prospects and market demand (also pretty sexy!).



By Leon Pagan, Broadbandsearch.net.

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Data Science is gaining unprecedented traction in the job market, as Big Data, data analytics, data mining and machine learning become more relevant to the mainstream IT industry. Around the world, organizations are fiercely fighting with each other for skilled data professionals available in the market. As a result, the financial packages for different data science roles are consistently going into overdrive.

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that data science is an exciting career choice for someone interested in crunching numbers on a huge scale. But what are the probable job roles that data science professionals are expected to play in the real world? Here in this article, we are going to list down five key career paths that are currently in high demand in the data science industry.

1. Data Scientist

A data scientist should ideally be the ‘Jack of all trades’ related to data science. Data scientists are responsible for designing and implementing processes used for modelling, data mining and research purposes. At the same time, they also contribute towards the development of data mining architectures, modelling standards, reporting and data analysis methodologies. Research is an integral part of a data scientist’s job. They also work closely with application developers to create data definitions for new databases and extract data relevant for analysis.

Skills Required:

  • Extensive knowledge of data-driven programming languages like R, SAS, Python, SQL, Hive, Spark etc.
  • Proven expertise in distributed computing and statistical modeling.
  • Proficiency in database architecture, process management, data modelling, data mining and data analysis.
  • Working knowledge of various data analytics, visualization and reporting tools.
  • Solid background in mathematics and statistics.
  • Research-oriented mindset.
  • Mentoring skills to provide guidance to junior team members (data engineers, analysts and statisticians).

Salary Prospects:

According to PayScale.com, data scientist is a lucrative career choice in the United States with an average salary of $91,588 per year. A top-level data scientist with extensive experience in the industry can earn as much as $148,000 a year – making it one of the highest paying positions in the entire IT industry. Given below is the salary trend for data scientists at different levels of their career –

Experience Average Salary

  • 0-5 Years $89,000
  • 5-10 Years $109,000
  • 10-20 Years $121,000
  • 20+ Years $148,000

[Reference: http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Data_Scientist,_IT/Salary]

Current Global Vacancy:

Listed below are the number of job advertisements for Data Scientists across various popular job portals, as measured in middle of November 2016.

Job Site Vacant Positions

  1. Indeed, 22034
  2. SimplyHired, 18990
  3. Glassdoor, 33547

2. Data Architect

Data architect is undoubtedly the most sizzling job title that you can put on your curriculum vitae in 2016. Data architects develop the underlying architecture to analyze and process data in the way the organization needs it. A data architect creates the blueprint of a data science project by integrating, centralizing, protecting and maintaining the source of data from a wide range of data management systems and technologies. The ultimate objective of data architects is to make sure that the entire data environment is always available, stable and secure.

Skills Required:

  • Solid grasp of data-driven programming languages like SQL, Hive, XML, Spark etc.
  • Proven expertise in data warehousing and data mining solutions.
  • Detailed knowledge of database architecture.
  • Hands-on experience with ETL, spreadsheet and BI tools.

Salary Prospects:

Data architects in USA earn an average salary of $111,475 per year, according to a recent research by PayScale. As is the case with any profession, the salary prospect varies according to the candidates’ experience. Listed below is the current salary trend for data architects at various levels of their career –

Experience Average Salary

  • 0-5 Years $85,000
  • 5-10 Years $108,000
  • 10-20 Years $128,000
  • 20+ Years $133,000

[Reference: http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Data_Architect/Salary]

Current Global Vacancy:

Listed below are the number of job advertisements for Data Architects across various popular job portals –

Job Site Vacant Positions

  1. Indeed 4105
  2. SimplyHired 21971
  3. Glassdoor 10468

3. Data Engineer

Data engineers are the building blocks of any data science project. They are the driving force behind the design, construction, implementation and maintenance of highly scalable data management systems for data science projects. Data engineers build high-performance algorithms, prototypes, and conceptual models according to the blueprint designed by data architects. The ultimate responsibility of data engineers is to provide clean, valid and usable data to statisticians and data analysts for the purpose of data analysis.

Skills Required:

  • Exceptional knowledge of database management systems (SQL and NoSQL).
  • Hands-on experience of working with programming languages, ETL tools, Data API and data modelling tools.
  • Understanding of data warehousing and data integration solutions.

Salary Prospects:

As per PayScale, the current average salary for a USA-based data engineer is $89,111. Refer to the below given table to find out the salary trends for data engineers as per their level of experience.

Experience Average Salary

  • 0-5 Years $84,000
  • 5-10 Years $112,000
  • 10-20 Years $117,000
  • 20+ Years $102,000

[Reference: http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Data_Engineer/Salary]

Current Global Vacancy:

Listed below are the number of job advertisements for Data Engineers across various popular job portals –

Job Site Vacant Positions

  1. Indeed 92702
  2. SimplyHired 79611
  3. Glassdoor 36702

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