I’ve often said that “data science” is the new “plastics,” hearkening back to that famous scene in The Graduate where a neighbor gives cryptic one-word career advice to the young graduate Benjamin Braddock, portrayed by Dustin Hoffman.
I’ve told my own son data science numerous times as well. (Yes, that’s to the one in college, not grade school, but I suppose it’s never too early to start.)
The question this begs is how to become a data scientist. Few schools have a data science major, per se, but many schools are starting to offer related majors at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Some, like Northwestern, even do this online.
Here’s the introduction:
There are plenty of articles and discussions on the web about what data science is, what qualities define a data scientist, how to nurture them, and how you should position yourself to be a competitive applicant. There are far fewer resources out there about the steps to take in order to obtain the skills necessary to practice this elusive discipline. Here we will provide a collection of freely accessible materials and content to jumpstart your understanding of the theory and tools of Data Science.
The full post is here.