What is a Data Scientist? That's a good question. It sounds pretty cool, kind of like the Professor Pat Pending of the I.T. world right? (One for the UK cartoon enthusiasts…)
In a nutshell, Data Scientists are responsible for gaining insights from huge sets of structured and unstructured data, to help shape or meet specific business needs and goals.
The role of a Data Scientist within data analysis is becoming increasingly important as more businesses are becoming reliant on Big Data and Data Analytics to drive decision-making.
So now we have an idea of what they do, another question is why they do what they do? Dey do doh don’t dey doh! (Say that in a Scouse accent...)
Big Data analytics can really transform how businesses operate by essentially empowering the decision-makers to make, well, better decisions!
An experienced Data Scientist will work as a trusted adviser and strategic partner with an organisation to ensure that the business is doing all it can to maximise its capabilities.
Below is an interesting blog by Russ Thompson, a Senior Research Scientist at Alexa, who gives his views on the way Data is heading.
A data scientist is the adult version of the kid who can’t stop asking “Why?”. They’re the kind of person who goes into an ice cream shop and gets five different scoops on their cone because they really need to know what each one tastes like.