An article in the September 5 issue of Fortune Magazine notes that despite the economy, companies are scrambling to hire data scientists:
Data scientists have been a fixture at online companies like Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN) for years. But these days organizations as diverse as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Foursquare are hiring computer science experts who can analyze all their data and provide intelligence that leads to better business decisions or new products. At Bitly, the URL-shortening service, for example, chief scientist Hilary Mason is helping the company package some of its massive volume of data into a measurement tool that Bitly customers can use to track how their content is faring online.
The growth of data science is just another good reason to learn R. R is the tool of choice for many data scientists, and several R users will be presenting at the next data science conference, Strata NY 2011 (sponsored by Revolution Analytics).
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