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We Write About the Shortage of Data Scientists for The Next Web

16 Apr 2019
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Our founder and principal data scientist, Adam Lichtl, recently wrote an in-depth article covering the shortage of data scientists and some steps to consider for solving the issue. The article called “We can’t fix the data scientist talent shortage with $40 online courses” appeared on The Next Web, one of the world’s largest online publications covering the latest news about Internet technology, business and culture. In the piece, Adam writes about ways we can do better—across industries—when trying to harness “all that data” that is continuously flowing in and to use it for business success.

The article starts out with an exploration of the workforce shortage in the field of data science, alongside the reasons behind it. “New data is available all the time, volumes are increasing and businesses need to use that data to optimize functions and, quite frankly, to run at all.” Running in tandem with the talent shortage are a number of programs that promise to make just about anyone a data scientist with some quick, online training. But, entering this field is more complicated than it may sound. In fact, data scientists need to have “not only a basic aptitude for the job, but also a massive amount of training, education, and knowledge gained through on-the-ground experience.” This depth does not happen overnight.

Adam writes about the history of the profession, its nuances and how a data scientist would work in a real-life setting. They must “understand the context of the data, set up pipelines to integrate and clean the data, and apply rigorous statistical methods to coax out what the data are trying to tell us.”

So what’s the solution to the talent shortage? A $40 online course just won’t do. He offers one idea in the form of a consultancy model that brings together qualified, experienced experts to partner with and help advance an in-house data science program. This is just the model that Pacific Data Science offers to a variety of industries, ranging from healthcare to real estate and from customer service to HR. Contact us today to find out more!

For the complete article on The Next Web, visit: https://thenextweb.com/podium/2019/04/07/we-cant-fix-the-data-scientist-talent-shortage-with-40-online-courses/

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