Renegade Science
Data Science Strategy Consulting and Coaching


What's so special about data and analytics?

I still laugh every time I think about Data Science being the Sexiest Job of the 21st century. I realized that we're living in an age where it's cool to be a nerd, but having lived as a nerd for a few decades that's still a little hard for me to swallow. Joking aside, there's some good reasoning behind the popularity, as the career fields around data and analytics continue to grow in demand, with more and more use cases coming up daily across many industries.

With all this excitement, though, it can be easy to get lost in the mix. I've meandered my way through a career which has been equal parts frustration, joy, excitement, challenge, and boredom. Working in analytics has brought me to some of the most interesting challenges and people in my life, and continues bring me new things. I'll cover some of the common themes I come across with clients in the blog, and have some interviews with data practitioners to understand how they got where they are and what they'd do differently.

There are 3 reasons that make this field special to me:

  1. Variety - They lie at the intersection of two technical domains, software development and math/statistics, and try to make those both relevant to a whole range of different domains
  2. Learning potential - They have drawn really smart practitioners from a huge variety of backgrounds, creating exciting mash ups of skill sets and viewpoints for me to learn from
  3. Pace - It's rapidly evolving with new approaches and disciplines competing for our attention, like deep learning vs machine learning, cognitive vs AI, etc

Of course let me know what you think! What do you think is special about data and analytics and why have you chose to work in these fields?