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Hoping to land this year's 'hottest job'? Here's what you need to be a data scientist

Katherine Noyes | Feb. 1, 2016
Skills in Hadoop or Spark are 'a big plus,' one recruiter says

Still, data science is not a career for those without passion.

"It's a lifelong thing," Flugel said. "You have to stay current, and you have to keep learning on your own. The best data scientists I work with have their job during the day but then have pet projects at home experimenting with new techniques or tools."

It's not an easy route to a high salary, in other words: "It takes huge devotion and legitimate interest," he said.


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