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So how do you find and hire these newly essential employees? Not easily, according to data scientists Max Song and Carl Shan, who are working on a Data Science Handbook, and have published 120 Data Science Interview Questions.


Roughly 140,000 people are employed as data scientists right now, but by 2018, we’ll need 440,000 to 490,000, according to that report. The shortfall is due to the fact that this job is so new there’s not a direct educational equivalent, or an obvious career path. There’s no data science major in college, with the closest equivalent being perhaps a rare statistics major. But data scientists also need a firm grounding in computer science.


Employers and recruiters need to broaden their search to people who may not have the title of data scientist, and may have followed diverse educational and career paths.



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