More than one in four data professionals think it's time to scrap the term Data Scientist, do you?

More than one in four data professionals think it's time to scrap the term Data Scientist, do you?
Posting date:04 Feb 2019

I recently asked my network if the term Data Scientist had had it's day and while I thought some would agree, I didn't think it would be quite as many.

28% of professionals in my network believe it's time to eradicate the term Data Science but with the so-called sexiest job of the 21st century facing disenchantment from the people who are most qualified for the job, I caught up with some thought-leaders to try and find out why.

Over the last three months I have been asking industry-experts around the world why they think it's time to scrap the term Data Scientist and thought I'd share some of the responses with you below.

One professional in my network said; "This is such a relevant debate as the term Data Scientist has become muddied, a term that is so misunderstood and overused it makes me wonder if the perfect Data Scientist exists. I don’t even like to use the term anymore because actually, I have no idea what it means. It’s like a unicorn with so many required skills and specialisms that they can’t possibly exist."

Another Data Science professional in my network said: “I don't like the term Data Scientist - for me; along with Big Data, it's something that's bandied about but has a different meaning for everybody - or no meaning at all - It somehow manages to be both too broad and too vague at the same time.”

My white paper brings the debate to life and features more than 15 professionals, thought-leaders and industry experts who petition to keep the term Data Science or prove it's a thing of the past.

To receive a copy of the exclusive paper once published, please do get in touch but in the meantime join the debate - is it time to scrap the term Data Scientist?

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