How do I become a data scientist?

Foundational skills to focus on for a career in data science

It wasn’t until the 2000s when data science, as it is known today, was acknowledged as an emerging discipline. Because it is a recently developed profession, there is no one clear path to becoming a data scientist. While more and more universities offer data science-specific degrees, it is more common for data scientists to have taken a less linear route on their career path.

While individuals may get into this field through different journeys, they share foundational technical and soft skills. To dig deeper into this, we spoke with five Anaconda employees in data science and related roles about their background.

For those thinking of becoming a data scientist or transitioning into the field, this guide will cover the skills needed to be successful and share stories and guidance from those currently in the field.

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