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Becoming a Data Scientist

Data Scientist

The 2018 “LinkedIn WorkForce Report” for the United States reported there was a national surplus of people with data science skills in 2015.

Five years later the trend has changed dramatically and more and more businesses are suffering from massive bottlenecks where data is used to gain insight and make decisions – because of a shortage of candidates with big data skills.

The good news is that there are ample opportunities for data scientists in Oregon and throughout the United States. The bad news is that with data science career opportunities skyrocketing, many students and jobseekers still face the challenge of getting their foot in the door simply due to a lack of data science skills or knowledge about the career path.

Technology Association of Oregon and the University of Oregon Data Science Initiative partnered on a conversation Wednesday, October 14th with working data scientists about their experiences in their roles, what they wished they knew when they were going to school and starting out, and how to access the tools needed to succeed in a data science career. This discussion is aimed to benefit both upcoming professionals and seasoned professionals looking for talent.





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Director of Life Science Tracks, Graduate Internship Program
Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact – University of Oregon
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Senior Expert II/Investigator III (Data Science & Statistical Learning) –Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)
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Senior Data Scientist – Genentech


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Our students are smart, creative, and increasingly diverse. We support and celebrate their successes, and we work hard to provide inspiring educational opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Not so small that everyone knows you. Not so large that you feel lost.

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