|Quick Facts: Data Scientists|
$100,910 per year
$48.52 per hour
|36% (Much faster than average)|
What Data Scientists Do
Data scientists use analytical tools and techniques to extract meaningful insights from data.
Data scientists spend much of their time in an office setting. Most work full time.
How to Become a Data Scientist
Data scientists typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or a related field to enter the occupation. Some employers require or prefer that applicants have a master’s or doctoral degree.
The median annual wage for data scientists was $100,910 in May 2021.
Employment of data scientists is projected to grow 36 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 13,500 openings for data scientists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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