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Why There Will Be No Data Science Job Titles By 2029

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There will be no data science job listings in about 10 years, and here's why. There are no MBA jobs in 2019, just like there are no computer science jobs. MBAs, computer science degrees, and data science degrees are degrees, not jobs. The reason companies are hiring people into data science job titles is because they recognize emerging trends (cloud computing, big data, AI, machine learning) and want to invest in them.

There is evidence to suggest this is a temporary phenomenon, though, which is a normal part of the technology hype cycle. We just passed the Peak of Inflated Expectations with data science, and we are about to enter the Trough of Disillusionment. The end result will be that data science as a degree and as a capability is here to stay, but the job title is not.

The coming Trough of Disillusionment with data science job titles will be the following:

  • Many data science teams have not delivered results that can be measured in ROI by executives.
  • The excitement of AI and ML has temporary led people to ignore the basic question: What does a data scientist actually do?
  • For complex data engineering tasks, you need five data engineers for every one data scientist.
  • Automation is coming for many tasks data scientists perform, including machine learning. Every major cloud vendor has heavily invested in some type of AutoML initiative.

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