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Humanizing the Data Scientist

Here’s a tip that might take a little pressure off the data scientist talent search: A data scientist doesn’t necessarily need to be a math wizard with a PhD or other hard science background.

In fact, that type of person might actually prove disappointing if your goal is Big Data analytics for humans, according to data scientist Michael Li.

That may seem odd, given that Li’s work focuses on exactly the kind of credentials normally associated with the term “data scientist.” Li founded and runs The Data Incubator, a six-week bootcamp to prepare science and engineering PhDs for work as data scientists and quantitative analysts.