A January report from job site Indeed showed a 29% increase in job postings for data scientists year over year and a 344% increase since 2013. But searches by job seekers skilled in data science grew at a slower 14% pace, suggesting a gap between supply and demand.
Similarly, data from technology job site Dice showed the number of data science job postings on its platform has increased about 32% year over year, and the site considers data science a "high-demand skill."
Forrester Research analyst Brandon Purcell says demand for data scientists will only grow. "To acquire and retain today's increasingly empowered customers, companies need to harness the insights in their data to personalize experiences at scale," he says. "Data scientists are crucial in turning the massive amount of data companies capture into action."
Until recently, only large enterprises were willing to make significant investments in data scientists. "Now, almost everyone is," Purcell says.
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