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15-2051.00 - Data Scientists

Develop and implement a set of techniques or analytics applications to transform raw data into meaningful information using data-oriented programming languages and visualization software. Apply data mining, data modeling, natural language processing, and machine learning to extract and analyze information from large structured and unstructured datasets. Visualize, interpret, and report data findings. May create dynamic data reports.

Also see: Business Intelligence Analysts, Clinical Data Managers

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  • Analyze, manipulate, or process large sets of data using statistical software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply feature selection algorithms to models predicting outcomes of interest, such as sales, attrition, and healthcare use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply sampling techniques to determine groups to be surveyed or use complete enumeration methods. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and manipulate raw data using statistical software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compare models using statistical performance metrics, such as loss functions or proportion of explained variance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create graphs, charts, or other visualizations to convey the results of data analysis using specialized software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Deliver oral or written presentations of the results of mathematical modeling and data analysis to management or other end users. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design surveys, opinion polls, or other instruments to collect data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify business problems or management objectives that can be addressed through data analysis. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify relationships and trends or any factors that could affect the results of research. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify solutions to business problems, such as budgeting, staffing, and marketing decisions, using the results of data analysis. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Propose solutions in engineering, the sciences, and other fields using mathematical theories and techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read scientific articles, conference papers, or other sources of research to identify emerging analytic trends and technologies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend data-driven solutions to key stakeholders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test, validate, and reformulate models to ensure accurate prediction of outcomes of interest. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write new functions or applications in programming languages to conduct analyses. See more occupations related to this task.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Advise others on analytical techniques. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze business or financial data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply mathematical principles or statistical approaches to solve problems in scientific or applied fields. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine appropriate methods for data analysis. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop procedures to evaluate organizational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop scientific or mathematical models. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare analytical reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare data for analysis. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare graphics or other visual representations of information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Present research results to others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select resources needed to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Update technical knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Write computer programming code. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other.
Employment data for Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other.
Industry data for Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other.

Median wages (2020) $47.23 hourly, $98,230 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2020) 63,200 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030) Much faster than average (15% or higher) Much faster than average (15% or higher)
Projected job openings (2020-2030) 7,100
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Top industries (2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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