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.