How to Save Yourself from the Shortage of Data Scientists

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
A Data Scientist who’s really “sexy”…

“If “sexy” means having rare qualities that are much in demand, data scientists are already there,” says Tom Davenport. In a recent interview, Cindie Dilley, President of PMSA, called them “Kings of The World with great responsibilities.”

But, with the US expected to create around 400,000 new data science jobs between 2010 and 2015, but likely to produce only 140,000 qualified graduates, it seems a shortage of Kings won’t go away soon.

And, with the big data and analytics market to reach $125 billion worldwide in 2015, companies will want to leverage the value of big data.

The solution? Teams of really “sexy” scientists that complement each other and have the training and curiosity to make discoveries in the world of big data.

“What kind of person does all this? What abilities make a data scientist successful? Think of him or her as a hybrid of data hacker, analyst, communicator, and trusted adviser – a combination that is extremely powerful—and rare.”


Davenport, Thomas. Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century [Internet]. 2012 October. Available from: