Data scientists

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Data scientists use advanced analytics technologies, including machine learning and predictive modelling, to support the identification of trends, scrape information from unstructured data sources and provide automated recommendations. They are employed by consulting firms, universities, banks and information technology departments in the public and private sectors.

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Implement cutting-edge techniques and tools in machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence to make data analysis more efficient

  • Perform large-scale experimentation to identify hidden relationships between variables in large datasets

  • Create advanced machine learning algorithms such as regression, simulation, scenario analysis, modeling, clustering, decision trees and neural networks

  • Prepare and extract data using programming language

  • Implement new statistical, machine learning, or other mathematical methodologies to solve specific business problems

  • Visualize data in a way that allows a business to quickly draw conclusions and make decisions

  • Develop artificial intelligence models and algorithms and implement them to meet the needs of the organization

  • Coordinate research and analysis activities using unstructured and structured data and use programming to clean and organize data

Job titles

  • artificial intelligence (AI) analyst
  • artificial intelligence (AI) consultant
  • artificial intelligence (AI) designer
  • artificial intelligence analyst
  • artificial intelligence consultant
  • big data analyst

Employment prospects

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2023 edition

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Education and training

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in statistics, mathematics, computer science, computer systems engineering or a related discipline or completion of a college program in computer science is usually required.
  • A master's or doctoral degree in machine learning, data science, or a related quantitative field is usually required.
  • Experience in programming is usually required.
  • Experience in statistical modelling and machine learning is usually required.

Additional information

  • No additional information

Certification requirements

  • No certification requirements

Work Experience

  • Work experience recommended

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