Data Scientist: The hottest job you haven’t heard of
Competitive intelligence is poised to offer data scientists increasing job opportunities in coming years. SCIP reports that the market for business intelligence is worth approximately $2 billion annually, and Garrison says that many corporations now operate their own competitive intelligence divisions.
Plus there's a shortage of an estimated 140,000 to 190,000 people who are qualified for the openings available (not all in business). What you need to know to get hired:
As part of a relatively new field, data scientists may come from many different backgrounds. Garrison says that employers are often looking for two things when considering a job applicant. "The first part is the technical background," he says. Companies may want professionals with an industry background who are familiar with its specific jargon and trends. "If you want to work for a pharmaceutical company, you might need a degree in biochemistry," he explains. Other jobs may require only a general degree in business.
In other words, you need to know statistics and know or be able to learn about the subject matter. Programming skills are a plus. Actually, programming is required. I don't know any data scientists who don't have that skill. I hear there's some book to help you get started though.