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Data scientist is the best job in America, according to a survey on Glassdoor, and it consistently makes the top of the list year after year. With a job score of 4.8 out of 5, a median base salary of $110,000 per year and over 4,500 current job openings, it's a great time to be a data scientist. But, as the role of data scientist grows in demand, traditional schools aren't churning out qualified candidates fast enough to fill the open positions. There's also no clear path for those who have been in the tech industry for years and want to take advantage of a lucrative job opportunity. Enter the bootcamp, a trend that has quickly grown in popularity to train workers for in-demand tech skills.
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Seven years after data scientist was named the "sexiest job of the 21st Century" by the Harvard Business Review, it still tops the list of Glassdoor's "50 Best Jobs in America for 2019." But how do you break into this in-demand industry, or make sure it's the right one for you? One possible pathway that has become popular is the data science bootcamp. These bootcamps have become an alternate method for getting the job skills you may need. However, the high costs and significant time commitment are not ideal for the aspiring data scientist still deciding how, and in what capacity, they want to enter the industry.