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:


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 £85,000 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.


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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.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:


Getting On

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