Guide to Becoming a Director of Data Science: Step 1


You might be asking yourself, “What does a Director of Data Science do?” A Data Science Director is someone who works for an organization to administer, establish, and plans the overall goals and policies of the data science function. Follow this guide to learn how to become one.

Step 1: Understand the duties and job description of a Director of Data Science

The role of a Director of Data Science in an organization is to offer overall direction and strategic guidance and for a company’s analytical efforts. Being a Data Science Director involves determining the right techniques, tools, staffing and methodologies to use to extract data that yields meaningful results. This might involve an extensive understanding of big data tools such as Hadoop, HBase, Hive, Zookeeper, etc. This might also require the successful candidate who fills this role to possess a bachelor’s degree in related discipline. Further, a Director of Data Science must usually report to the organization’s top management. The Data Science Director is responsible for managing the departmental sub-function within a broader departmental function. Someone who fills this role must set functional strategies and key objectives for the sub-function as well as design the policies/budgets/procedures that support the infrastructure of the function. To become a Data Science Director usually requires having 5+ years of experience working in a managerial capacity. A Director of Data Science must usually possess a deep understanding of the managed sub-function as well as a solid understanding of the overall way that the department functions.

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