Chapter 1. What is data science?

This chapter covers

  • The three main areas of data science
  • The different types of data science jobs

“The sexiest job of the 21st century.” “The best job in America.” Data scientist, a title that didn’t even exist before 2008, is now the position employers can’t hire enough of and job seekers strive to become. There’s good reason for the hype: data science is a hugely growing field, with a median base salary of more than $100,000 in the United States in 2019 ( At a good company, data scientists enjoy a lot of autonomy and are constantly learning new things. They use their skills to solve significant ...

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