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If you’re looking into a career as a data scientist, you may soon become one of the most sought-after people in your industry.

Given that job posting for data scientists increased 15,000 percent between 2011 and 2012 alone, according to FICO, if you’re not looking for a career as a data scientist, then maybe you should be.

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Data scientists are the people who can understand and provide meaning to the piles and piles of data that companies collect and keep nowadays. “Big data” is the buzzword that represents those piles — tons of information about customers, products, and habits, that may one day help people sell advertising, build better merchandise, or even save lives.

But they can’t do any of that if there isn’t a data scientist who can look at the data and say, “This is important. Check out this trend.”

Between 2010 and 2020, the data scientist career path is projected to increase by 18.7 percent, beat only by video game designers. The big data industry is expected to be a 53.4 billion industry by 2016, as per the infographic below.

And if you’re only just deciding on a college education, Stanford, Northwestern University, and the University of California San Diego offer data science degrees. UC Berkeley just added a data science course to its virtual classroom.

Check out the infographic below for more on why we need more data scientists and why the market is so worth getting into:

Data Scientists Infographic

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