Data science is a new area of study that branches from disciplines such as statistics, computing, mathematics, software development, ML and many more. However, with the increasing demand of data scientists and their skillsets, should data science in fact be considered its own discipline? A statistician usually comes from a background in statistics. A software developer would have studied software development. A mathematician most definitely studied mathematics at university.

What profession did Harvard call the Sexiest Job of the 21st Century? So what exactly is the data scientist's secret sauce, and what does this "sexy" person actually do at work every day? This article is intended to help define the data scientist role, including typical skills, qualifications, education, experience, and responsibilities. This definition is somewhat loose since there really isn't a standardized definition of the data scientist role, and given that the ideal experience and skill set is relatively rare to find in one individual. This definition can be further confused by the fact that there are other roles sometimes thought of as the same, but are often quite different.