Career Paths

How to Become a Data Scientist

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What’s the best advice I would give a budding data scientist? Not everyone has the time or the inclination to get a Ph.D. (and doing so full time or part time is a lengthy endeavor). But there is a big demand for the profession right now, with an estimated shortage of as many as 190,000 data scientists, which is unlikely to get filled anytime soon by the people already enrolled in Ph.D. or undergraduate programs. Check out the latest data science… continue…

Why I Became Involved in Data Science, Part 2

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This is a continuation of our short series ‘Why I Became Involved in Data Science’. Click here to read the Part 1 stories. Saba Teserra, Data Scientist I guess I always liked to find the structure in a mess, although early on I thought that meant matching strings and counting words. Somewhere along the way, I learned more about the distribution of words in text and their linguistic significance to syntax and semantics; that made unstructured natural-language data processing all… continue…

Why I Became Involved in Data Science, Part 1

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Why do people decide to become data scientists? Read these personal stories from the members of the Dice Data Science team to see what draws people to one of the hottest professions in tech. Simon Hughes, Chief Data Scientist Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s with movies such as Terminator 2, Aliens and Blade Runner, I became fascinated with robots and artificial intelligence (AI) from a young age. As a teenager I decided that a true AI would need… continue…

The Challenges of Being a Nonprofit Techie

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Many job descriptions for tech positions at small nonprofit organizations are so vaguely written that it’s impossible to discern the requirements, with one exception: They always seem to want their tech pros to be Jacks-of-All-Trades. Things are a little different at larger, well-funded nonprofits, which have the resources to build out an established tech staff. Check out the latest tech jobs at nonprofits. Regardless of the environment, working for a social cause can prove rewarding for the technologist with a… continue…

Forging a Career Path When the Route Is Unclear

Posted In Working in Tech
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Up-and-coming companies seldom offer well-defined career paths that guide IT professionals from one position to the next. Enterprising employees are instead expected to identify an emerging role or need and pilot themselves to the next career opportunity. “You have to know where the company and your particular niche is headed to steer your own IT career,” said Katy Piotrowski, CEO of Career Solutions Group, a career planning firm based in Fort Collins, Colo. “The key is finding an opportunity that… continue…

How I Made the Leap to IT Security

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Fifteen years ago, the landscape of IT was so fluid you could almost pick your specialty and start working. The need for computer engineers was so great, that anyone with some ambition could go far reasonably fast. Document services specialists—who type for a living—were moving into application deployment. A night security guard who spent his time studying Novell became a certified Novell administrator. I worked in a copy center in a small law firm and became their network administrator literally… continue…

Daily Tip: The Upside of the ‘Hybrid’ Job

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While most of us would be perfectly fine with sticking to one job, many folks find themselves taking on more of a “hybridized” role at work, often juggling responsibilities that, once upon a time, might have been handled by two (or more) people. We all know the programmer who’s also a manager, or the app developer who doubles as a social-media maven. In startups, this hybridization is particularly acute, with people taking on multiple roles in order to keep the… continue…

Finding Your Way as an Enterprise Architect

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Aspiring enterprise architects (EAs) have to navigate a winding, unmarked career path littered with inconsistent job titles, diverse duties and a plethora of frameworks in order to stake their claim in this emerging but confusing field. Brian Cameron, founder of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) and executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State University, thinks enterprise architecture is a hodgepodge of fiefdoms that desperately needs consistency: “The architectural frameworks and skill requirements vary… continue…

A Chief Analytics Officer This Way Comes (Maybe)

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With more organizations investing in analytics, it was only a matter of time before the industry started talking about the rise of a chief analytics officer. A survey of 317 business and IT executives from the International Institute of Analytics, created at the behest of Dell, found that organizations with a high degree of analytical maturity are more likely to have a chief analytics officer, or someone with a similar title charged with collecting and managing an organization’s analytics efforts.… continue…

Lack of Mentorship Hobbles Women in Tech

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New research from nonprofit firm Catalyst suggests that women who earn their MBA are far less likely than men to use that degree within a “tech intensive” industry. According to the firm’s latest survey, any blame for a lack of women in tech-intensive industries shouldn’t rest with the education system, which is the frequent target of executives who complain about gender discrepancy in tech; instead, women decline to participate in those industries due to a lack of role models, concerns… continue…