Career outlook for data scientist
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Businesses are increasingly using data analytics to improve decision making. It’s how an organisation gets a better understanding of their customers or identifies product trends. Think about flight prices: airlines will raise prices during busy times when lots of people want to fly to a destination and then reduce them during quieter times to attract customers. Data science helps inform these decisions.
As a data scientist you’d collect, extract and analyse large amounts of raw data from a range of sources like surveys, analytics or cookies on a website. Then, using algorithms, data mining, artificial intelligence, machine learning and statistical tools you’d look for patterns or insights. You’d will then present your results to help the business make predictions or find solutions to problems.
Things you might do
- Work with your organisation to identify issues or opportunities to use data
- Collect raw data and turn it to a useable format
- Looking for patterns in the data to help Identify trends
- Test data mining models in order to select the model that best fits the requirement
- Solve business-related problems using machine learning tools and statistical techniques
- Present your results to your organisation or client
- Stay on top of analytic techniques like machine learning and text analytics
- Work with a variety of programming languages, including SAS, R and Python
UK employment status
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- Verbal communication
- Written communication
- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Making decisions
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