With the growth of the internet and the dawn of social media, data scientists are in high demand. Data scientists decipher data sets measured in exabytes — the equivalent of 1 quintillion bytes. Scientists must read structured data, words and numbers, plus unstructured customer comments on websites and social media.
You must have a bachelor’s degree to become a data scientist and many pursue higher degrees. The work focuses heavily on mathematics, statistics and computer programming. All that hard work will pay off, however, because the national average salary for a data scientist is $120,931, according to Glassdoor.