A day in the life of a data scientist

Aug. 9, 2017

For the past few years, data scientist is at, or near, the top of almost every “best jobs” survey. Harvard Business Review named it the sexiest job of the 21st century. 

Using data science, we can leverage the power of this data and tackle society’s most difficult problems. Data skills can be applied to data journalism, international development and even activism. 

Usually, when people say they want to dive into data science, their first question is “how and where do I begin?”

But first, let’s take a closer look at what exactly a data scientist actually does.

There are roughly six things data scientists do on a daily basis:

1. Framing a problem 
2. Collecting the raw data to solve a problem
3. Processing data or data wrangling
4. Exploring the data
5. Performing in-depth analysis (machine learning, statistical models, algorithms)
6. Communicating results of the analysis

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