I want to be a Data Scientist
I have Maths and French literature double degree. Learning some Python and can do it just for Pandas. Looking for an entry-level job but hard to figure out where to start because there is very few senior data scientist in the field. Almost every company want data people but they don't even know what they exactly want for them. Which kind of company could I helm me excel myself in this field? #data #datascience
Create blogs or project work around it, so that you could share it during interviews. There is a need for lots of data scientists in any industry especially corporate as every company wants to learn patterns about their products, see insights on how their product is going to perform in future etc. Just having Data engineers in their company is not sufficient, a lot of demand for Data Scientists. You seem to have the right skill sets including Python too, so doing some home projects on your own with creative test datasets would be the first step for you to understand what you could do with it. Add this to your resume, and apply to Data Scientists open positions to companies like Atlassian, Facebook, Google, Amazon, or any company of your choice.
Good Luck with your little home project and start applying with confidence that you have all potential to do it. Keep pushing till you find the right job!
With regard to the degree question - I will tell you that I was able to get into an entry-level Decision Science Analyst role without a degree in a quantitative study (I have a Bachelors in Business Administration and an MBA). HOWEVER, I was turned down for a recent opportunity at a higher level because I lacked the degree. This very well could just be how things are at my particular company, but I will tell you that I am currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Data Science program so that I can check that box. (But that's just me.)
In my experience, the degree teaches you more of the theoretical nature of the job, while boot camps and on-the-job training get you the actual technical skills.
Wishing you the best of luck!
As you already said, this is a new field and has very few experienced seniors in there. However, look at it this way. If you get into this career now, 5 years down the line, you will be one of the very few people with good experience. I know its tough to find an entry level position. But if you do not have the experience, nobody will hire you for a senior position. Most companies take the effort to train its junior employees through learning and development and through support system from the team. Try to find a job and put in effort at least for an year to get comfortable with the data science job and see what else you can do from there.
Agree with Navya. Find a job related to data science that will allow you to explore the field and grow your skills while also contributing to the company in some meaningful way. Sometimes these are not the top paying jobs in the short term, but will pay off for you in long term as you become more valuable. Data Analyst is a common role where you can do this.
My primary role was as a network architect, but I had interest in data science and automation, so I chose roles and projects that allowed me to explore data related to my area of expertise, where I could relate data science to something that I already knew. I could compare how I looked at data before using data science, and find new ways to look at the same data to find new value in it using algorithms I learned, read about, or wanted to explore.
Next steps are always - go try it! Consider data from your current role and think about what you COULD do with it if you were an expert data scientist. Get hands on and try some things out with open source software. I prefer python and Jupyter notebooks.
Earn a master's degree in data or related field;
Gain experience in the field you intend to work in (ex: healthcare, physics, business).