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How To Become A Data Scientist

by | Jul 28, 2022

What makes someone a data scientist? A data scientist is a professional who has a deep understanding of the mathematical and statistical methods used to analyse data and extract insights from it. He or she is also creative and is able to think outside the box.

Data science is a new discipline that is responsible for the analysis, modeling, and visualisation of data. Data scientists are in high demand today due to the exponential growth of data produced by digital activities. It is a fast-growing field with many opportunities. 

Here are the steps you need to take, to become a data scientist in Singapore.

Develop Data Skills

To become a data scientist, you need a firm grasp on a broad scope of knowledge before specialising in a related field. Having a strong background in Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics, Programming and IT, will help you in understanding data science more easily.

You also have to be proficient in Python, SQL and Excel as these skills are essential when you work with raw data and its management.

Foundation In Data Science 

To start your career in data science, learn and pick up key skills by enrolling in an online course such as our Data Science Bootcamp. You will learn how to extract and organise data, analyse, model, visualise and present the data using tools like Tableau. 

This course equips you with knowledge of Python and its fundamentals, one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Python helps data scientists process large amounts of data easily and make their work more efficient. Besides Python, you will also learn key tools and programs for data cleaning, analysis and modeling.

To attract employers and increase your chances of getting hired as a data scientist, practice and master the above skills.

Work On Projects To Build A Portfolio

Showcase your skills by building a polished portfolio to impress prospective employers. More than a certification in data science, employers want to see that you are capable of doing the job. Being involved in a range of projects also allows you to practice your new skills whilst challenging yourself.

With Vertical Instituteโ€™s Data Science Bootcamp, you have the opportunity to participate in a capstone project which you can proudly include in your portfolio. This real-world project experience concludes students’ learning by making use of new tools and concepts they have learnt throughout the course.

Apply To Relevant Data Science Jobs

Data scientists can go by different names depending on the industry they are in. Hence, it is necessary for you to identify your strengths, goals and relevant specialty to determine which career path you would like as a data scientist. Here are some examples of in-demand data science roles across industries.

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Database Administrator
  • Business Analyst
  • Machine Learning Engineer

The demand for data scientists in Singapore is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. This is because of new technological advances and the countryโ€™s position as a technological hub, attracting tech startups and big tech companies. 

With the right skills training and a great portfolio, you are ready to scout for your dream job.

About Vertical Institute

Vertical Institute prepares individuals for the jobs of tomorrow. We specialise in teaching in-demand skills, building the next generation of changemakers and inventors through our world-class tech courses and certifications. 

Singaporeans and PRs can receive up to 70% IBF Funding off their course fees with Vertical Institute. The remaining fees can be claimable with NTUC UTAP Funding or SkillsFuture Credits.