The Rise of the Data Scientist| By |Jeremy Levy


Earlier this year, the White House announced it named Dr. DJ Patil as its very first Chief Data Scientist. With the claim that the U.S. has seen “an acceleration of the power of data to deliver value,” White House CTO Megan Smith (formerly of Google) has further reinforced the notion that making data-driven decisions is becoming pervasive ? not just in bleeding edge startups or the biggest technology companies.

Everywhere you turn, companies are hopping on the bandwagon and bringing in someone to be their dedicated in-house “Data Scientist.” People like Jonathan Goldman at LinkedIn have paved the way for this new career, one that Harvard Business Review even called the “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.”

So ? why is this happening now ? almost 30 years after the first dot com domain was registered and the floodgates of digital data opened?

It’s no big secret that the…

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