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2 Surprises in Data Science Jobs

January 7, 2015

1. Surprise, the tools of data science, such as hadoop, python, and SAS, are far down on the popularity list of skills words. No surprise, the ideal candidate has experience, and uses computers and statistics. My take: hiring a data scientist is unfamiliar to most companies, so it feels risky. Managers are not confident of their hiring process. They dream of finding someone who has already successfully performed the exact tasks they need.

2. Surprise, business, team, and learn are among the most important descriptors for responsibilities.  No surprise that develop, research, analytic, algorithm, model are also among the most common terms. My take: Working with people (team, business, project, set, learn, custom,  support, inform, innovate ) is equally important to doing things to data (develop, model, research, algorithm, statistics, analyze).

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The Data

Last week I collected 20 “Data Scientist” jobs posted on indeed.com. I pasted job responsibilities and desired skills into a text document, then cleaned and stemmed it. Descriptions of responsibilities had 1.5x words used to describe skills.

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