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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