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On The Shortage of Data Scientists

By on February 7, 2013

Articles about the severe lack of Data Scientists, despite their high demand, continue. Today on PEHub:

“…outside of companies like Google that have long made use of rich rosters of PhDs, there are nowhere near enough “data scientists” — graduate-level candidates with backgrounds in machine learning or statistics — to analyze the massive streams of information that are being produced, and that gap is growing by the day.

Cofounder Ali Behnam of Riviera Partners, a Palo Alto-based technology recruiting firm, says he’s aware of “thousands” of data science jobs that are awaiting candidates at nearly every type of Bay Area-based tech company.”

While demand certainly outweighs supply, and while there’s certainly more work to do building curriculum for future data scientists, we also need to be focusing on empowering line of business users to address the larger issue from the other end. They know their own data better than anyone else, and with the right tools that makes getting data in, analysis, and visualizing results fast and easy, businesses can become more data-driven before they land their elusive Data Scientist.

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Susan O'Brien is Vice President of Marketing at Datameer.