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About this career

The data explosion – fueled by increased bandwidth and processing power, innovative data analysis tools, and the proliferation of inexpensive cloud-based storage solutions – has placed Data Scientist among the most demanded and lucrative IT careers.

Duties of Data Scientist

  • Data scientists mine and analyze data from a range of sources, including customer transactions, click streams, sensors, social media, log files and GPS plots.
  • Unlock valuable and predictive insights that will influence business decisions and spur a competitive advantage.
  • Translate a business case into an analytics agenda, developing hypotheses, and understanding data—as well as exploring patterns to measure what impact they will have on businesses
  • Prepare reports using data visualization tools

These skills will help you to reach this career

Technical Skills

  1. Math (e.g. linear algebra, calculus and probability)
  2. Statistics (hypothesis testing and summary statistics)
  3. Machine learning tools
  4. Software engineering skills
  5. Data mining / Data warehouse
  6. Data cleaning and munging
  7. Data visualization
  8. R and/or SAS languages
  9. SQL databases and database querying languages
  10. Python, C/C++ Java, Perl
  11. Big data platforms like Hadoop, Hive
  12. Cloud tools like Amazon S3

Non-Technical Skills

  1. Strong aptitude
  2. Algorithmic Thinker
  3. Problem Solver
  4. Good critical thinking using numerical skill
  5. Excellent Quantitative Skills
  6. Good Communication and Visualization Skills
  7. Ability to work in team
  8. Creative and innovative

Sectors for Employment

IT firms

Large businesses

Manufacturing firms


Service sector

Insurance sector

List of Recruiters

  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • Bing (Microsoft)
  • Ask
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr
  • Intel
  • Oil industry
  • IBM
  • HCL Technologies
  • Wipro Technologies
  • Verizon
  • Visa
  • Boeing
  • SAP
  • Oracle
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • eBay
  • EMC
  • Bank of America
  • Capital One
  • Paypal
  • GE Capital
  • Palantir
  • Teradata
  • Pixar
  • SAS
  • Alpine Labs
  • Pivotal
  • Tableau
Wells Fargo
JPMorgan Chase
Fractal Analytics
Opera Solutions
Cisco Systems
American Express
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS)
Hewlett-Packard (HP)
Wipro Technologies
HCL Technologies
Mahindra Satyam
Revolution Analytics
UK Based RPO
Mu Sigma

Earning Potential
3.5 to 18 lakhs

(or more as per your experience)

How to reach there?

Any of those 4 paths plus extra certification courses supporting this field could lead you towards the career as “Data Scientist”

Computer Science

B.Sc, BCS, B.E., B.Tech, M.Sc,
MCS, M.E., M.Tech, etc.

Data Analysis

M.Sc, MBA, PGD, Certification Course, etc.

Machine Learning

B.Tech, M.Tech, M.Sc, Certification Course,etc.


B.Sc, Diploma, M.Sc, M.A., PGD, M.Phil, etc

List of top Institutes

  1. St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore-  M.Sc. in Big Data Analytics
  2. Academy of Maritime Education and Training- M.Sc in Data Science and Analytics
  3. Bharathiar University Coimbatore- M.Sc Data Analytics Programme
  4. PSG College Coimbatore- M.Sc Data Science Integrated
  5. Ahmedabad University- M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering, Data Science and Analytics Specialization
  6. IIM Calcutta- Advanced Programme in Data Sciences (APDS)
  7. A joint collaboration of University of Mumbai, Department of Economics (Autonomous) and NISM- Post Graduate Diploma in Data Science (PGCDS)
  8. IIT Madras- Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Data Sciences
  9. IIT Hyderabad- Executive M.Tech in Data Science
  10. University of Hyderabad-School of Computer and Information Sciences- Research in Data Warehousing and Mining, Machine Learning
  11. IIT Kharagpur (in collaboration with IIM Calcutta and Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata)- Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytic(PGDBA)
  12. IIT Delhi- M.Tech (Computer Science) with Specialization in Data Engineering
  13. Jadavpur University- PGD in Data Science & Industrial Applications
  14. Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)- Short Term courses on Data Science
  15. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)- School of Computational and Integrative Sciences (SC&IS), Research in Big Data Analytics
  16. SP Jain School of Global Management- Certificate Program in Big Data and Analytics(BDAP), Bachelor of Data Science(BDS)
  1. Stanford  University- MS in Statistics: Data Science
  2. Columbia University – New York: Master of Science in Data Science
  3. University of California – Berkeley: Master of Engineering with the concentration in Data Science and SystemsMaster of Information and Data Science (MIDS) – Online
  4. University of Southern California: Master of Science in Computer Science with Specialization in Data Science
  5. Georgetown University:  Master of Science in Analytics Concentration in Data Science
  6. University of Chicago: Master of Science in Analytics
  7. Indiana University Bloomington: MS in Data Science
  8. Louisiana State University: Master of Science in Analytics
  9. University of Massachusetts Amherst:  Master in Computer Science Concentration in Data Science
  10. New York University:  Master of Science in Data Science
  11. Northwestern University:  Master of Science in Analytics Program (MSIA)
  12. Cornell University: Master of Professional Studies – Data Science
  13. Georgia Tech University:Master of Science in Computer Science – Specialization in Machine Learning & Online Master of Science in Analytics
  14. Boston University: Masters of Science in Computer Science with Concentration in Data Analytics
  15. University of Rochester – Georgen Institute for Data Science: MS in Data Science
  16. Carnegie Mellon University: Master of Computational Data Science
  17. University of Washington: Master of Science in Data Science
  18. University of Wisconsin Madison: MS in Statistics Specialization in Data Science
  19. University of Michigan Michigan Institute for Data Science: Graduate Data Science Certificate Program
  20. Harvard University Extension School: Data Science Certificate

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