I'm a data scientist, but the data I work with is genetic data. I don't have any experience or even know how commercial data is generated or utilized. I'd like to think it's the same, but I have huge doubts it is. I mean the data we generate is in the 100's of gbs range. At the top spectrum of the data we generate, you have to use a supercomputer or else you'll crash any pipeline you try to work on. I've worked on it a few times, and it's pretty difficult. It's hard to get used to working on a sole terminal with no GUI.
I will say it's a boring, solitary job. You will not meet any girls whatsoever. I came from a big lab group. There were 8 of us, 2 guys (me included) and the rest girls. I'm literally the only one that even wanted to do this type of work. When that guy from Google that got fired said that girls aren't attracted to tech jobs, it's 100% the truth.
It's like vagina-repellant when I'm discussing this stuff with the lab . We have these meetings every 2 weeks, and no one gives a shit other than my supervisor. Girls get wet when you talk about CRISPR, plasmid transformation, TEM, viruses, or some shit, but when it comes to scripting, they don't give a shit.
Excel is useful, but I wouldn't use it for anything other than housing your data. Typically, you will use other programs and algorithms to generate your data and analyze it. I'm good with Excel, but I don't use it for anything other than visualizing some of the matrices I create.
I'm someone with a biomedical degree, and I'm a data scientist. I had absolutely no idea about this field nor skills in this field before entering my graduate program. Science has become computerized. When they say it's a fast growing career, they're not lying. I'm in the middle of it, and every single interview I've had thus far has been impressed by it. It's like that high-skill, low-prestige job that no one wants to do.
I was actually wondering if my skills would translate to commercial/financial use, and I'm seeing the same requirements: R, SQL, Excel, and sometimes SPSS and Python. I've never worked with SQL, but it sounds like a very useful thing to get a grip on. I mean the skills I'm learning seem to be able to translate. I've used SPSS before, though. It's a janky, lesser statistical program. R is overall superior, but I guess some places haven't gotten with the times.
If you have a degree in IT then go into the straight Systems Adminsitration jobs. Honestly programming sucks for most people who thought they would enjoy it after a few years of doing it. Network infrastructure, domain architecture, digital interfaces, etc., these are the things that renewed my joy of working in IT. I'm over 25 years in the field and if I stuck with plain programming/coding/software development I'd have quit the game years and years ago. Probably.Has anyone completely changed careers here before? How did you find it.
A bit of background;
I currently work in IT and telecoms and have for the past 15 years but I just dont enjoy it anymore, I dont hate it but its not something I'm passionate about, I literally go to work do what I have to leave and then do the same thing and spend all week looking forward to the weekend..
I started doing a degree in IT and Psychology and to be honest I havent really enjoyed the IT part, I thought I'd enjoy programming but the amount of maths involved and its turned out all ive been doing in python is sorting lists and things like that and I've found it really dull..
Im not an amazing money but I'd love to do a job where I actually look forward to going to work and where I feel like ive made a difference or helped someone.
Not doing this for a long term job. The data process was part of my thesis research, and I just ended up getting hired for it. I'm hoping to get into a PhD program this year. That's where all the real money and prestige is.You should look into the AI side of it...where the money is.
its definitely an option, maybe my priorities are all wrong?If you have a degree in IT then go into the straight Systems Adminsitration jobs. Honestly programming sucks for most people who thought they would enjoy it after a few years of doing it. Network infrastructure, domain architecture, digital interfaces, etc., these are the things that renewed my joy of working in IT. I'm over 25 years in the field and if I stuck with plain programming/coding/software development I'd have quit the game years and years ago. Probably.
I'll stick education (for me) in its simplest terms, Daz. I never went to university to further my career chances, I went to find out about things and to meet people. I was charmed enough to be good enough at A-Level to get to two Russell Group Universities and do a BA and an MAOk, @Trail @Mexi-Box @Deebo and anyone else who's interested. Ive been doing my degree in IT but I have really not enjoyed it. Since its an open STEM degree I have decided (for now) to do it in subjects I enjoy and have an interest in such as Astronomy and the search for extra-terrestrial life. My thinking is that if I enjoy it, Im more likely to finish it and I have a degree which will open up other avenues for me.