Will the real Data Scientist Stand up
The role of a Data Scientist is gathering momentum and a search for data scientist courses reveals 100s of MSc programmes. When you think about the role of a data scientist in a real project it is much less clear. It tends to be more helpful to think about the five steps of:
- Data capture or storage
- Data Analysis to derive insights
- Data Models to identify the underlying patterns across multiple data domains
- Data Security/privacy/ethics
- Actions – how to apply the evidence from the data to create the right business outcomes
As we think about these 5 steps, there are very different skills and tools use by these data scientists. So can one data scientist cover all these aspects? Do we need to break the role of the data scientist into more granular levels aligned to these kinds of steps?