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Could someone tell me what are the different jobs and careers in Data Science and whether people with a degree in statistics become a successful data scientist and work in high tech companies?

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Statistics help make sense of data. But, you also have to remember that Data Science is not statistics alone. It is the combination of various disciplines that work together to achieve a common goal. So, statistics alone cannot get you into the field of Data Science. You will also have to be good at a number of other skills such as:

  • Programming skills: Python or R

  • Big Data Hadoop

  • Machine Learning and AI

  • Linear Algebra 

  • SQL Database/Coding

  • Apache Spark

  • Multivariable Calculus 

  • Data Visualization

  • Communication 

 One will have to have a good foundation and knowledge in the domain. 

Here is an excerpt from Google Careers - “At Google, data scientists not only revolutionize search, they routinely work on massive scalability and storage solutions, large-scale applications and entirely new platforms for developers around the world.” This should give you a very good idea about what Google expects from their candidates. Apart from this, they have also mentioned that the candidate should have a good understanding of some aspects of business as well. 

You can clearly see, well-rounded training is essential for anyone who wants to pursue Data Science. There are courses available for Data Science aspirants that cover all modules and necessary skills. Check out Intellipaat’s Data Science online course. The course is designed comprehensively with a holistic approach to Data Science and the course is in collaboration with IBM.

To learn more about Data Science, watch this video.


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