What LinkedIn has to say about Machine Learning Engineers and Data Scientists

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Machine Learning Engineers and Data Scientists are the top two Emerging Jobs from 2012 to 2017 as reported in LinkedIn’s 2017 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report. Job titles on LinkedIn profiles that included Machine Learning increased by 980% and Data Scientist titles went up 650% from 2012 to 2017. This increase was less than the open… Read more »

Are Data Scientists and Actuaries the Same?

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) recently published a terrific white paper, “How do actuarial and data science skills converge at life insurers?” PWC argues that the roles of actuaries and data scientists will be very different in 2030 than they are today. Actuarial Recruiter, Rory Hauser, highlights some core differences between data scientists and actuaries and also notes… Read more »

Will Data Scientists Replace Actuaries?

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As we embark on what should be an eventful 2018, there’s quite a bit that actuaries should be mindful of. From rising political tensions to tax reform the future is somewhat unclear, but job security is one area where actuaries seem to be well situated. While enjoying some Christmas cheer with colleagues I was asked… Read more »

2017 Data Scientist Trends

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Rise in Data Scientists At Smith Hanley Associates our clients continue to prioritize filling Data Scientist openings. With the wealth of digital data in the marketplace we project that Data Scientist openings will continue to increase exponentially in 2018. What do employers want Data Scientists to do? Data Scientists are hired to uncover patterns in… Read more »

How Big Data is Influencing Data Science

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Businesses today have almost limitless sources of data and one of their biggest challenges is figuring out what to do with it. With advances in processing technology, the connectedness of smart phones and social networking, businesses are relying on real-time data to help them make more informed and more relevant decisions. It is becoming almost… Read more »

Data Singularity, Data Scientists and Unicorns

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2015 has been a phenomenal year for the Big Data industry. Existentially many have debated the likely non-existence (or rarity) of Data Scientists and Unicorns! All of you have either been searching as hiring managers or are being courted as candidates by organizations around the world given the halo of “The Sexiest Job of the… Read more »

Are Actuaries the Data Scientists of the Future?

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To truly be Data Scientists other industries require marketing and business statisticians to broaden their software skills beyond SAS and R to Hive and Python. We are starting to see the insurance industry ask more of their actuarial hires in their software and database skills. Historically, actuaries haven’t had the need for sophisticated programming skills…. Read more »

Predictive Modeling Contest!

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      The Analytic Community of the Direct Marketing Association is putting on a predictive modeling challenge (i.e. contest) for all of you statisticians, data scientists and business analytic’s professionals interested in a test with your peers.     Here is their invitation: What model will best predict the likelihood of new customers making… Read more »

Professional Development – DMA Analytics Journal

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Continuing professional development is a critical part of anyone’s career.  Some career paths have fewer options for that development than others.  Professional associations can step into that breach.  The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) Analytics-CRM Community has created a professional journal for statisticians, business analysts and data scientists. It is written and refereed by volunteers, most… Read more »