The spectrum of data science jobs is broad – everyone from governments to businesses to non-profit organizations are collecting data. But it takes Data Scientists, Data Analysts, and Data Engineers to turn that data into smart business decisions. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from interviewing so many data science bootcamp graduates, it’s that no two companies use the exact same job titles.
A data scientist at a startup may be doing data engineering, data cleaning, and data analysis. Someone with the same job title at a large consulting firm may be working with clients to build dashboards for their teams. Regardless, the data job market is growing and maturing, so the hard work of a data science bootcamp pays off: the average salary for Data Science Analysts is $80,265, while the average salary for Senior Data Scientists and Data Engineers is $105,909. Here are the data science jobs that bootcamp grads are landing every day.
Below are some common job titles you’ll come across in your job search:
Junior Data Scientist
Senior Data Scientist
Machine Learning Engineer
Data Scientist/Software Engineer
Big Data Analytics Consultant
Data Science Instructor
Business Intelligence Analyst
All kinds of things! Let’s check in with 6 data science bootcamp grads (and a data science recruiter!) to hear what they’re working on:
JK Kang became a Data Engineer at KPMG after graduating from Springboard’s Machine Learning Career Track.
“I’m working on a team that provides IT consulting to firms who may not have the resources to be able to architect or deploy certain solutions in-house. We visit companies who might not have a dedicated tech team (perhaps in the finance, insurance or medical fields), evaluate their way of doing things, and work towards architecting a big data solution for them, according to their business needs. This might mean going to a regional supermarket chain that is using a very siloed data solution and wants to change this. We leverage our knowledge and subject matter expertise to improve their solution.” Read more.
Inna is now a Data Scientist at Nextail Labs in a consumer-facing role after graduating from IE Data Science.
“Going into the bootcamp, I knew I wanted to be a Data Scientist but I also knew that I wanted a client-facing job. I’ve been a Data Scientist at Nextail Labs for about eight months. At the moment, my role is to make sure that we can show our customers how we add value to their companies. I extract the data from our databases, analyze it in Jupyter Lab (using Python) and prepare datasets and dashboards so that the data can be accessible without any coding knowledge. Then, I get to present the results to the customer and work closely with the customer to make sure we are considering all the factors that are important to their business.” Read More.
Lynn Hodak, Corporate Recruiter at Capgemini, has hired more than 10 Metis data science bootcamp graduates “for Data Science, artificial intelligence, and analytics in Chicago, New York, and California.” One example is Sukeerthi Varadarajan, who is a Senior Consultant – Data Scientist. Read more.
Logan is a Machine Learning Engineer at Hustle after graduating from Galvanize.
“It’s only been a few months, but a lot of what I learned at Galvanize I’ve been able to translate to my job, like knowing different model trade-offs and methods. I work a lot with Natural Language Processing (NLP) since we work with text messages. People call data “the oil of the information age” and while it can be used in terrible, terrible ways, it can also be used in some pretty amazing ways to benefit people. I’ve had the ability to follow a moral compass in my career. It’s not easy, and not everyone gets the opportunity to do it, so I feel very lucky to be able to include that in my decision making process.” Read more.
Nathan is a Data Scientist/Software Engineer at DocuSign after graduating from Metis.
“I've started working much more on the data engineering side. When you work at a startup, you wear a lot of hats – you won’t just do data science work. Working at a startup forced me to do a lot more software engineering.” Read more.
Nadim became a Big Data Analytics Consultant after graduating from Brainstation.
“I work on our big data team, and technically, I’m developing Spark and Hadoop applications for clients like data ingestion pipelines, while also teaching the clients how to use them, what's actually happening in the back end, and creating documentation. For example, we help companies implement scalable big data infrastructures using Hadoop and Spark. On top of that, we’ll do reporting for companies – for example, building dashboard applications or mobile applications for a sales team.” Read more.
Dwayne Jarrell was recruited by Facebook to become a Decision Scientist after graduating from General Assembly.
“I am a Decision Scientist, which is slightly different from the more typical “data scientist” role. Decision Science is specific to marketing analytics – I use similar tools and methods as data scientists, using them to evaluate marketing effectiveness and support Facebook’s marketing programs. There are at least a dozen scientists on our team. We sit in the Research department, called Insight and Analytics, so it includes marketing and research where we track all sorts of things.” Read more.
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