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Career profile Data Scientist

Data Scientist

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$52,950 - $165,230 (annual)
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What does a Data Scientist do?

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.

In addition, Data Scientists

  • 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.

What is a Data Scientist salary?

The median salary for a Data Scientist is $98,230, and the average salary is $103,930. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Data Scientist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Data Scientists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Data Scientists earn less than $52,950 per year, 25% earn less than $71,790, 75% earn less than $130,370, and 90% earn less than $165,230.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Data Scientists is expected to change by 31.3%, and there should be roughly 7,100 open positions for Data Scientists every year.

Median annual salary
Typical salary range
$52,950 - $165,230
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)

What personality traits are common among Data Scientists?


Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

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People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

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Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

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What education and training do Data Scientists need?

Many Data Scientists will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Data Scientists usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Educational degrees among Data Scientists

  • 0.4% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 2.8% completed high school or secondary school
  • 6.9% completed some college coursework
  • 3.8% earned a Associate's degree
  • 37.2% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 35.4% earned a Master's degree
  • 13.5% earned a doctorate or professional degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Data Scientists

Through education, training, or experience, most Data Scientists will need to be proficient in mutliple areas to perform their job well.

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Important Abilities needed by Data Scientists

Data Scientists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

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Critical Skills needed by Data Scientists

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

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What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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