This is America’s hottest job


Uber, Airbnb managers say ‘I’m hiring’ on LinkedIn profiles.

Job postings up 75 percent in past three years on

Murray Webb had been a lackluster student more interested in sports than schoolwork while attending a small Virginia college. Then he transferred to Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta to pursue a master’s degree in applied statistics and landed four job offers upon graduation. Webb, 33, now earns $160,000 a year targeting health-care customers for hospitals and says he is approached weekly by companies and recruiters seeking data scientists.

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Data Scientist is the sexiest career of the 21st century

The shortage of data scientists is becoming a serious constraint in some sectors.

In June 2008 Jonathan Goldman arrived at LinkedIn for work, the business networking site still felt like a startup.  LinkedIn had a little under 8 million accounts but that number was growing quickly.  Users weren’t seeking out connections with the people who were already on the site at the rate executives had expected.  Something was missing in the social experience. As one LinkedIn manager put it, “It was like arriving at a conference reception and realizing you don’t know anyone. So you just stand in the corner sipping your drink—and you probably leave early.”



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