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Data Science

101 What Is Data Science?

Data science is a multidisciplinary field that combines computer science and math. The objective of data science is to pull insightful and useful knowledge out of datasets to make smart business decisions. The average salary of a data scientist is $80,265.

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What Is Data Science?

Data science is a multidisciplinary field that combines computer science and statistics. With so much data being produced every day, data science makes it possible to draw useful insights from datasets which may be too large for traditional statistics to analyze. This data is often referred to as “big data,” and can include anything from analyzing complex genomic structures to interpreting handwriting to optimizing a marketing strategy. And data science is not limited to just numbers! Data science finds patterns in all unstructured sets, including text, images, and audio files. 

How to Become a Data Scientist

Many Data Scientists start their careers in academia – if you have a bachelor’s degree or PhD in a quantitative field, then you’re already close to a data science career. A data science fellowship like The Data Incubator or Insight Data Science would be fantastic options. 

Most data science bootcamps require students to have a degree in STEM and an aptitude for math and statistics. If you don’t have a quantitative degree, then you should sharpen your math skills like linear algebra, calculus, statistics, and probability. Then, you’ll be ready to apply to a data science bootcamp. 

Master’s in Data Science vs Data Science Bootcamps

While a Master’s in Computer Science with a specialization in Data Science typically takes 3 years to complete, data science bootcamps are typically intensive 3- to 6-month programs. Data science bootcamps often offer career assistance, and prepare graduates for entry-level and junior data science jobs, such as Data Analyst, Data Scientist, and Data Engineer.

A data science bootcamp is not a traditional coding bootcamp. In addition to learning programming languages, such as Python and/or R, data science bootcamps teach students how to extract valuable knowledge from large datasets using analytical and programming skills. 

How to Choose a Data Science Bootcamp

The best data science course for you depends on your own learning style, career goals, availability, etc. Here's our advice for choosing the data bootcamp:

  1. Narrow down your options – you can rule out some bootcamps based on location, cost, and time commitment.
  2. Examine the curriculum – does the bootcamp teach the most modern data science languages (Python or occasionally R), tools (Hadoop, Spark, Tableau etc), and topics (machine learning, data engineering, etc).
  3. Ask About Projects – communication is so important in data science, and projects are a great way to walk a hiring manager through your thought process and experience. At a good data science bootcamp, you'll build at least 2-3 projects using real-world data sets!
  4. Meet the Instructors – do the bootcamp instructors have qualifications like quantitative degrees, masters degrees, or even PhDs? This is much more common in the world of data science bootcamps. Pro-Tip: Take an intro course or free workshop hosted by the bootcamp to really understand the teaching style.
  5. Ask About Outcomes – do past bootcamp graduates get jobs in data? Ask the school directly for their CIRR report or job outcomes report, read data science bootcamp alumni reviews, and even reach out to alumni on LinkedIn to ask questions.

Red Flags – instructors don't have enough experience or qualifications, projects don't use real-world datasets, or the bootcamp can't tell you about past student career success. 

Are Data Science Bootcamps Worth It?

 “I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat. It was definitely worth the money. The learning environment, having the type of classmates that you can learn from, the instructors — you definitely couldn’t have gotten it just by learning on your own.” – Itelina, graduate of Metis

“I can say that, for me, 100% it was worth it – but I will say the boot camp is also about the work you’re putting in and the goals that you have. I really wanted to sponge off of the people around me – not just the teachers, but also all these PhD students around me. It was the most intelligent group of people I’ve been around in such a small space before. I’ve never had such an amazing opportunity.” – Sumanth, graduate of NYC Data Science Academy 

“I definitely think I needed Galvanize. Because I wanted to break into the tech industry, having Galvanize on my resume along with the skills I learned there, bolstered my ability to get a job.” – Rosie, graduate of Galvanize

“For me, It was totally worth it. I would do it all over again. IE in particular taught me a lot more than how to use Python and SQL. It teaches the technical skills, but at the same time it gives you access to professors that are going to make the process a lot less frustrating and more fun so that you have the motivation to keep going. Plus all of the extras. You get to network with companies and those companies come to give talks. I made a lot of friends in this bootcamp, too.”Inna, graduate of IE Data Science Bootcamp

How much does a data science bootcamp cost? 

Full-time, immersive data science bootcamps typically cost between $10,000 and $20,000. Many data science bootcamps offer scholarships and financing options to make tuition affordable. There are also fellowships and free data science bootcamps, such as Insight Data Science and The Data Incubator.

Data Science Jobs

With everyone from businesses to non-profits to the government collecting data, there is high demand for turning that data into smart business decisions. There is a wide variety of data science jobs, and if there’s one thing that we’ve learned after interviewing so many data science bootcamp graduates, it’s that no two companies use the exact same job titles. Common job responsibilities of data scientists include data engineering, data cleaning, and data analysis. Here is a list of the most frequent data science job titles for bootcampers:

  • Junior Data Scientist
  • Senior Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Data Scientist/Software Engineer
  • Big Data Analytics Consultant
  • Data Science Instructor
  • Decision Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Journalist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Product Analyst
  • Database Administrator

Data Science Salaries

Data Science Job Average Salary
Data Science Analyst $80,265
Senior Data Scientists $105,909
Data Engineers $105,909

Data Science Skills

According to Josh Wills, Director of NYC Data Science Academy, a data scientist is a “person who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician.” While math skills and coding skills are an essential part of data science, business intelligence and a scientific approach are key to making sense of data. Most data science students have a previous background in STEM, but overall, data science students and professionals are detail-oriented and excel at problem-solving, logical reasoning, and communication.

Here is a quick list of data science skills and technologies used in the field and often taught at data science bootcamps:

  • SQL - SQL stands for Structured Query Language. SQL is designed for managing data in relational database management systems. SQL extracts data for data analytics and reporting. 
  • Hadoop - Hadoop is a suite of technologies used to manage data and execute programs in a cluster. Hadoop includes a file system designed for large datasets, the MapReduce system which allows for running programs in parallel, the SQL-like Hive database for querying data in a cluster, and other components.
  • Spark - Spark is a system for writing parallel programs to run in clusters. Spark has a powerful machine learning library, mllib, and can be used with R. 
  • Python and R - Both languages are equally important in data science! Python is used for computer science components of a data scientist’s job. R is used for building statistics packages and visualizations. Combining both Python and R greatly increases their range of capabilities.
  • Machine Learning - Machine learning is a set of algorithms that is put in place to analyze large sets of data. Many of these algorithms are built so that the machine learns to feed better data into later models, and ultimately make predictions about future events. 
  • Natural Language Processing - Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a method for pre-processing text to turn it into numerical data. NLP is also known as computational linguistics.
  • Data science math includes linear algebra, calculus, statistics, and probability.


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    Dan Kopac

    5Student - Course: Full Stack Flex - Part-Time - Cleveland

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    Says: Excellent Learning Experience

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    Quickstart Learning, Inc. is an online tech provider that offers non-credit online bootcamps in Cloud Engineering, Cybersecurity, Data Science and Analytics,... Learn more about QuickStart.

    Scott D Baxter

    5Graduate - Course: Cybersecurity Bootcamp - Online

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    Says: Dream Job!

    I was contacted about a 26-week Cyber Security boot camp through Quickstart at the University of Texas at Arlington. I was sold and was anxious to start. The fi
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    CodeOp is an international tech school headquartered in Barcelona that offers full-time and part-time tech bootcamps for women, trans and gender non-conformi... Learn more about CodeOp.

    Maria Gimenez Bustos

    5Graduate - Course: Full Stack Development (Full Time - in person) - Barcelona

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    Says: Safe environment to delve into web dev

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    Vanderbilt University Boot Camps offer 12-week, full-time, and 24-week, part-time courses in web development; 24-week, part-time courses in data analytics an... Learn more about Vanderbilt University Boot Camps.

    Sidney Edwards

    5Graduate - Course: Full Stack Web Development - Part-Time - Nashville

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    Says: If I can do it anybody can.

    I am a single mom of a young daughter and I also have a full time job. I decided to join the boot camp because I wanted a career that I could be proud of and th
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    World Tech Makers is a 12-week digital education program based in Latin America. WTM focuses on major web technologies like Ruby on Rails, HTML/CSS, JavaScri... Learn more about World Tech Makers.

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    5Student - Medellín

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    Says: Purspose & Tech Aligning

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    The Dev Masters offers a 12-week, full-time course in data science in Irvine, California. Their data science bootcamp, Mastering Applied Data Science, is des... Learn more about The Dev Masters.

    Jieli ChenJieli Chen

    5Graduate - Course: Mastering Applied Data Science - Los Angeles

    Verified Via GitHub

    Says: software engineer

    I am attending 12-week data science lab program. It is very good. It is not  only just a course for learning but a program helping me solving problem and findin
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    Tutort Academy is an ed-tech startup offering online, part-time bootcamps covering topics like software development, data science, artificial intelligence, m... Learn more about Tutort Academy.

    Sudhanshu Verma Sudhanshu Verma

    5Student - Course: Full Stack Software Development - Online

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    Says: The best helping hand for aspiring working professionals

    I enrolled into the Software Development course of Tutort Academy and it helped me learn all the required skill sets of DSA from the basic to advanced level wi
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    Growth Tribe offers online bootcamps in Growth Hacking, UX Design, Data Analytics, and Business Leadership. Growth Marketing Immersive is a 6-week bootcamp w... Learn more about Growth Tribe.

    Juan Carlos Zuloaga

    5Graduate - Course: Growth Marketing Diploma (12 weeks) - Online

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    Says: Your future is now! It´s never too late to learn!

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    CodingInvaders by MentorsPro offers online Data Analyst (32 week), QA Automation (32 week), and Full Stack Python Developer (48 week) bootcamps based in Pune... Learn more about CodingInvaders.

    Charmi Sabharwal

    5Applicant - Course: Data Analyst - Online

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    Says: Brilliant course for every data analytics aspirant

    Doing the Data Analyst course from CodingInvaders by MentorsPro is the best decision I have taken in recent times. This is a super insightful course that's maki
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    Divergence Academy is a technical training provider based in Addison, Texas that offers courses in data science, cybersecurity, and cloud engineering. The fu... Learn more about Divergence Academy.

    Edward McGee

    5Graduate - Course: Cybersecurity Professional Penetration Tester - Dallas

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    Says: A great experience

    I found the curriculum easy to follow, backed by industry professional instructors. With great administrative support.
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    Arizona State University (ASU) Bootcamps offer 24-week, part-time courses in cybersecurity, coding, data analytics, or financial technology, and an 18-week, ... Learn more about Arizona State University Bootcamps.


    5Student - Course: Full Stack Web Development - Part-Time - Online

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    Says: ASU Coding Boot Camp

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    Dataquest is a data science bootcamp that offers career path courses (which can be completed in about 45 weeks), skill paths courses, and free introductory c... Learn more about Dataquest .

    Aaron Montgomery

    5Student - Course: Data Scientist - Online

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    Says: Wonderfully delivered curriculum

    Dataquest is precisely what I was looking for; the perfect mix of challenging and supporting. Their courses are laid out by folks clearly familiar with best pra
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    Bethel Tech offers 33-week part-time, full stack web development and data science bootcamps online. Bethel Tech is powered by Woz U and web development stude... Learn more about Bethel Tech.


    5Graduate - Course: UI/UX - Online

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    Says: Bethel Tech is AMAZING!

    I graduated from Bethel Tech in 2022 in the UI/UX design program. If you are considering attending Bethel Tech, I would say, "Yes! Go for it!" At first, I was h
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    Data Science Retreat is a 3-month, full-time, immersive program for advanced data science and machine learning based in Berlin, Germany. DSR's rigorous bootc... Learn more about Data Science Retreat.


    5Graduate - Course: Data Science - Berlin

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    Says: Long-term perspective of a graduate after almost six years

    I attended (and graduated) from the very first batch of Data Science Retreat (DSR) which took place in Berlin from the beginning of May to end of July 2014 .Sin
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    Board Infinity offers live online bootcamps in Digital Marketing (17 weeks), Sales and Marketing (18 weeks), Artificial Intelligence with Machine Learning (1... Learn more about Board Infinity.

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    5Student - Course: Digital Marketing - Online

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    DataFlair is an online, immersive, instructor-led, self-paced technology school for students around the world. DataFlair offers 2-to-3-month courses in Big D... Learn more about DataFlair.

    Abubakar Suleiman

    5Graduate - Online

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    Says: Quite Informative

    The courses really did help me learn especially their angular course. It really exceeded my expectations. What is more is the fact that Its absolutely free and
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    University of Kansas Boot Camps are 24-week, part-time web development, data analytics, and cybersecurity courses. The full stack curriculum includes HTML, C... Learn more about KU Boot Camps.

    Javier Morales

    5Student - Course: Full Stack Flex - Part-Time - Kansas City

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    Says: Wonderful Roller-coaster experience.

    "I decided to embark on this course because I like technology and I was drawn to the idea of becoming a software developer. I retired as a classical ballet danc
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    Israel Tech Challenge offers a range of programs in data science, software development, full-stack web development, hardware engineering and cybersecurity ba... Learn more about Israel Tech Challenge.


    5Graduate - Tel Aviv

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    Says: Recommended but prepare to work hard

    Very good school that boosts your technical knowledge and challenges you to be best version of yourself. Data science couse is everything I expected and more
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    Integrify Academy offers 22-week, online Full Stack and Data Science & Machine Learning bootcamps. Remote bootcamp training takes place every weekday fro... Learn more about Integrify Academy.



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    Says: Full Stack Program

    Joining Integrify gave me the opportunity to change career and new life perspectives. Coming from a business background, I only had a more than limited knowledg
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    Deep Dive Coding teaches data science, internet of things, digital media, web development, and Java+Android bootcamps in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The curricu... Learn more about Deep Dive Coding.


    5Graduate - Course: Deep Dive .NET - Albuquerque

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    Says: Took both the PHP and the .NET

    Fantastic crew. Considering they all work for the college (CNM) and that this bootcamp is held to a collegiate standard, there is a certain level of vetting tha
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    IE Data Science Bootcamp offers a full-time (12-weeks) and a part-time (23-weeks) data science program in Madrid, Spain and online. Bootcamp students will ex... Learn more about IE Data Science Bootcamp.


    5 - Course: Data Science Bootcamp (Full Time) - Madrid

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    The IE Data Science Bootcamp it has been a unique experience! The IE learning experience has been very carefully designed and you can feel it!
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    Magnimind is a 15-week data science bootcamp in Santa Clara, California. Students will learn core data science skills such as Python, SQL, Probability and St... Learn more about Magnimind.

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    Applied Course is located in Telangana, India. Applied Course offers an Applied Machine Learning bootcamp, which has 150+ hours of material covering the fund... Learn more about Applied Course.

    Rahul Bhardwaj

    5Applicant - Course: Applied Machine Learning - Online

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    Says: CSM Successful Training

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    neue fische is a leading provider for tech bootcamps in Germany, and offers 12-week bootcamps in Web Development, Java, Data Science, Data Analytics, and AWS... Learn more about neue fische.

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    5Graduate - Course: Web Development Online - Hamburg

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    Says: Eine der besten Entscheidungen…

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    Maven Analytics offers a 24-week, part-time, online BI & Data Analytics bootcamp. The BI & Data Analytics curriculum covers topics like Excel skills,... Learn more about Maven Analytics.

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    5Graduate - Course: BI & Data Analytics - Online

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    Says: Highly knowledgeable and supportive instructors

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