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Data Scientist

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Data scientists combine their IT, statistical and mathematical knowledge to help businesses make accurate decisions. They collect, extract and analyse large amounts of structured and unstructured raw data from a variety of sources to make predictions and identify trends based on their findings.

The Work

There are two kinds of data that you would work with:

Data scientists are typically hired to work more with unstructured data.

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries can be around £25,000 to £30,000 a year, rising to £40,000 a year and above with experience. Senior data scientists can earn up to £80,000 a year.

Data scientists on the Civil Service Fast Stream programme with the Government Statistical Service earn £28,000 a year. This rises to between £45,000 and £55,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Businesses increasingly rely on data analytics to improve decision making so opportunities for employment are excellent. You could work for a broad range of business types, although the leading employers are in retail, finance and e-commerce.

Jobs are widely advertised on the internet but there are specialist job sites such as Data Scientist Jobs.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
14274
1 %
RISE
2024
14417
  United Kingdom
2019
258847
3.7 %
RISE
2024
268399

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Tel: 01793 417417
Website: http://www.bcs.org
Twitter: @bcs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IT.BCS/

Civil Service Fast Stream
Website: https://www.faststream.gov.uk
Twitter: @faststreamuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faststream

Operational Research Society
Tel: 0121 233 9300
Website: http://www.theorsociety.com/
Twitter: @TheORSociety
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheORSociety

Royal Statistical Society
Tel: 020 7638 8998
Website: http://www.rss.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.statslife.org.uk
Twitter: @RoyalStatSoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalStatisticalSociety/

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