Data science is a super-hot topic and the data scientist is one of the most illustrious jobs of the 21st century. But how does one actually become a data scientist?
You can ask around, read Quora answers, or talk to someone in the industry, sure, these methods will supply you with information, but there’s no doubt that this information will be biased towards someone else’s personal experience. How others became data scientists is of little importance to you, I bet. What you’re interested in is whether YOU can become one. Are your skills appropriate for this field? What steps do you need to take to become a successful data scientist? Will your background affect the chances of becoming a data scientist? All valid questions.
If you want to become a data scientist, you should answer questions like one. A data scientist wouldn’t take the experience and background of just one or two other data scientists and accept them as a quintessential guide.
So, how much data would be statistically adequate to give us an idea of what it takes to become a data scientist? 100 profiles? 500? How about 1,001?
Well, that’s exactly what we did.