Big Data Career Switch: 4 Key Points

Looking to retool your skillset to land a job in data science? Beware these issues as you consider…

Georgia (Jul 17, 2013)Looking to retool your skillset to land a job in data science? Beware these issues as you consider university programs.


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By Jennifer Priestley

The U.S. has an employment problem. There are too many jobs and not enough workers … in data science. You've probably seen the headlines: Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century, In a Data Deluge, Companies Seek to Fill a New Role, Geeks Wanted -- Big Data Firms Push Data Scientist Development. But if you graduated from college more than five years ago and you're not in a data science position right now, you probably don't have the skills that are required to apply for most of these positions. "Fair enough," I hear you saying. "I can retool my skillset … there are lots of programs in data science to choose from." Yes, but…


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