Data means big bucks nowadays, with data scientists commanding some of the highest salaries in tech. Graduates can walk out of their PhD into roles that offer financial stability. After a few years of commercial experience salary packages become very handsome indeed. However the diversity of skills a Data Scientist requires can mean that the demand often outweighs the supply. If you happen to be an all singing all dancing DS with a unique blend of skills – a grounding of maths and algorithms, a good understanding of human behaviors as well as a solid understanding of business needs, then you'll have a very fruitful career in front of you. With over 56,000 big data jobs expected to be created by 2020 the tech scene has never been more exciting.
The role of data scientist is at the cutting edge of the big data revolution. Those employed in this role analyse data and create innovative ways of putting it to use – and make money from it.