The specialized, complex nature of data science work poses a significant problem for hiring. In fact, there is still genuine confusion in the job market about what the term “data scientist” actually means. At Ancestry, where we’re working with an enormous 10 petabytes database made up of millions of DNA samples and family trees, we resolve this confusion by specifying three major roles within the broader data science organization.
Data scientists have become the darlings of today’s competitive job market. Entry-level salaries can range into six figures, and roughly 700,000 job openings are projected by 2020.