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Got an exit at a corp that likes to call their data analysts data scientists. How can I grow into a data scientist and will this screw me over for recruiting going forward since I’m under qualified?

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I deal with the business and answer questions like: why is our product sales down. Sometimes I might break out sklearn to do some clustering or some random forests.

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I deal with the business and answer questions like: why is our product sales down. Sometimes I might break out sklearn to do some clustering or some random forests.

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Get a lab coat

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You’ll likely get blocked from more interesting opportunities. That job wasn’t created for somebody to create their own preferred list of objectives.

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I see. What’s your educational background? Download datasets in your free time and run models on them. I don’t think forcing algorithmic approaches on “business” cases is worth your time, chasing poorly formed hypotheses or objectives can be detrimental to your understanding. Maybe try avoiding Kaggle datasets, those don’t really require independent thinking since many of them are rigged/overly proscriptive.

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Data scientist is a broad label and it does include data analysis. It’s up to the projects and work that you’re exposed to. I would say get a statistics degree or take a few courses and you’ll be well prepared for.

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A bit tricky but generally, data scientist fall under 4 categories: core data scientist (ml engineer), analytics data scientist (glorified data analyst), data engineer (software engineer, data), and/or full stack data scientist (all 3 of the aforementioned). Actually a lot of companies refer to their data analysts as data scientists depending on where youre housed. If youre in the engineering group youll likely be referred to as a data scientist but if youre on a finance team you may be called a data analyst. I dont have enough info to answer completely but you arent screwing yourself, simply by putting data analyst on your resume. It could help you move towards a full stack data scientist role depending on the types of work youll do and skills youll pick up

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