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What is data science? How do doctors identify patients at high risk of developing certain diseases? How do cybersecurity experts flag online transactions that are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks? How do baseball managers decide when to bring a relief pitcher? How do retailers determine which ads to send you? How can a cell phone app tell the difference between an American goldfinch and a yellow-throated vireo? How can a university identify incoming students who might need extra academic support?

The answer to all of these questions involves data science.

Data science is the process of using mathematics, statistics, and computer programming to solve problems and answer important questions by extracting information from data sets. With the advent of social media, online commerce, and IoT ("Internet of Things") devices, organizations are awash in data. It's estimated that by 2025, the world will contain 163 zettabytes (that's 163 trillion gigabytes) of data, and someone has to be able to make sense of all of it. That's where the data analyst enters the picture.


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Occupational Employment and Wages - May 2022

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Data Scientists

Employment Mean hourly wage Mean annual wage
159,630 $55.40 $115,240


Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.13 $37.09 $49.76 $65.68 $84.03
Annual Wage $58,510 $77,140 $103,500 $136,600 $174,790

For more information see: Bureau of Labor Statistics


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