Tech firms’ most wanted: data scientists

FOR his PhD in astrophysics, Chris Farrell spent five years ­mining data from a giant particle accelerator. Now, he spends his days analysing ratings for Yelp’s online business-review site.


“People call them unicorns” because the combination of skills required is so rare, said Jonathan Goldman, who ran LinkedIn’s data-science team that in 2007 ­developed the “People You May Know” button, which five years later drove more than half of the invitations on the professional-networking platform.


Employers say ideal candidates must have more than traditional market-research skills: the ability to find patterns in millions of pieces of data streaming in from different sources, to infer from the patterns how customers behave and to write statistical models identifying behavioural triggers.

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