What skills do you need to be a data scientist?


To be successful as a data scientist you need technical skills like programming and mathematical skills, but you also need passion and the ability to put information into context and explain its significance, says Dr. Goutam Chakraborty of Oklahoma State University.

In the video below, Chakraborty explains that Oklahoma State University has launched a new MS in analytics program to train data scientists who will graduate with big data and data science certifications.

Hear more from Chakraborty, including how to apply your data science skills:

And if you're looking to hire a data scientist with the skills Chakraborty describes, be sure to read our e-book, Your data scientist hiring guide, which includes 20 interview questions and three data scientist profiles.


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Alison Bolen

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+Alison Bolen is an editor at SAS, where she writes and edits content about analytics and emerging topics. Since starting at SAS in 1999, Alison has edited print publications, Web sites, e-newsletters, customer success stories and blogs. She has a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University and a master’s degree in technical writing from North Carolina State University.

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  1. Thank you for sharing. I wish we could get such a good opportunity in our country. In my opinion having enough knowledge on statistics with programming and mathematical backround is one of the most important skills in data analysis.

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