This new field is an incredible cross-pollination of fields of knowledge, including statistics, mathematics, computer science, data visualization, data mining and information management. Added to this, many data scientists have experience in infrastructure design, cloud computing and data warehousing. As you can see, this is a complex field with experts from many disciplines.
At present, an incredible amount of data is available from a myriad of sources. If harnessed correctly, this is a veritable gold mine for businesses across the board. How does one delve into this data and extract useful information that is actionable and relevant? Here, data science enters the scene.