Study Shows That the Number of Data Scientists Has Doubled in 4 Years

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dsby Angela Guess

Forbes contributor Gil Press reports, “A new study of LinkedIn profiles by RJMetrics has found that the number of data scientists has doubled over the last 4 years. This reflects the increasing demand for sophisticated data analysis skills, combining computer programming with statistics, and the growth in the popularity of the term ‘data science’ both in job openings and the words people use to describe their work on LinkedIn. At least 52% of all current 11,400 data scientists on LinkedIn have added that title to their profiles within the past 4 years. In the chart above, the cumulative number of data scientists in any given year corresponds to the number of present-day data scientists who started their first job that year.”

Press goes on, “We can safely assume that those who started their first jobs between 1995 and 2009 were not called then ‘data scientists,’ but the data shows the cumulative growth in the number of professionals who have this title today. Here are the other highlights of the study: The high-tech industry (LinkedIn classification: Information Technology and Services industry, Internet and Computer Software industries) employs 44.9% of the professionals identified on LinkedIn as data scientists, followed by education (8.3%, probably employed mostly by universities), Banking and Financial Services (7.2%), and Marketing and Advertising (5.2%).”

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photo credit: RJMetrics

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