In his recent article Bernard Marr describes 7 Traits a Big Data Scientist Shouldn’t Have. There is also some debate about what technical skills define this job role. Today we used our real time data on the labour market to answer the questions and discover the real answers behind the question.
With our database of public profiles we can measure how popular or unpopular specific skills are among Data Scientists.
So, here are the top 10 Data science skills according to people who describe themselves as “Data Scientist” on LinkedIn:

  1. Machine Learning
  2. R
  3. Data Analysis
  4. Python
  5. Statistics
  6. Algorithms
  7. Java
  8. Big Data
  9. Data Mining
  10. Sql.

It is interesting to note that empirical skills such as Statistics and Data Mining come both 5th and 8th place to specific tech skills and Big Data has made it up the Hype Curve.
Skills cloud

Another two job roles are Data Architect and Data Specialist. And here I put in the skills DNA created with IBM Watson Analytics to see where skills overlap.  You can see that Data Scientist actually is quite a distinct set of skills with only a very small cross over.

skills dna

We will be keeping you up to date with more career information over the coming months so stay tuned.

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