From Scientist to Data Scientist: What Students and Educators Need to Know

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Robert W Carver, The Weather Channel, San Francisco, CA, United States
Institutions have found while it is relatively easy to collect large heterogenous datasets, it is often difficult to gain insight from these collections. In response, the career of the data scientist has emerged to acquire, process, and analyze datasets for a wide range of problems. The relatively recent introduction of data scientists and the diversity of the tasks they perform present challenges for educators who want to prepare students for that role. In this contribution, I will describe the skillsets and expertise data scientist candidates should have when searching for a position. I will also discuss how educators should foster these skillsets and expertise in their students.