About the book

 From Harvard Business Review to Glassdoor, everyone’s talking about the insane demand for Data Scientists, and how it might be the most attractive job of the century.

But what does a data scientist actually do? How can you break into the profession? What skills would you need to do so? Where are the jobs? These are some of the questions we look to answer in this book.

What’s inside?

Through 70 pages of original research, interviews with real data scientists, and checklists, we’ll walk you, step-by-step through everything you need to know to break into the data science industry.

  • You’ll start with an industry overview -- from the history of the term itself, to learning the right programming languages, to understanding the math and statistics behind experiment design.

  • Then, you’ll learn from real-life interviews with data scientists at top companies (“what does the day in the life of a data scientist look like?”), and how they broke into the industry.

  • Next, find out which skills you need to thrive in a data science position, and what it takes to build a portfolio of projects.

  • Finally, get actionable tips on where to look for jobs, how to network, and how to develop the soft skills that appeal to hiring managers. 

Who is this for?

Anyone who wants to understand more about and work in what’s been called "the sexiest job of the 21st century". Whether you’re just curious about data science, or you’ve decided that Data Science is the right career for you and are actively exploring opportunities in the field, this book is a must read for you!

About the author

The author, Roger is somebody who has always been inspired to learn more. He broke into a career in data by analyzing $700m worth of sales for a major pharmaceutical company. Now, he's writing content that compiles insight from Springboard's network of data experts to help others do the same.

He has written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, VentureBeat, and Techvibes.

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Your Introduction to Data Science Careers

Here are the key insights you’ll need to get a job in data science in our table of contents
  • Introduction
  • What is Data Science?
  • How our Mentors Got Into Data Science
  • The Data Science Process
  • Data Scientists in Action
  • Data Science Skills and Tools
  • Starting Your Job Search
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary: Stuff Data Scientists Says
  • Checklist