Asking recommendation: Company/Area good for career growth for a Data Scientist?

Microsoft bluesilenc
Aug 23, 2018 6 Comments

Hi there,

I'm currently working as a Software Engineer title and most of my work is dealing with data. I'm passionate about Data Science and has better skills on this than engineering, but our team is focusing on engineering so there is not much environment (projects as well as ppl) for the career I desire.

I have both theoretical (how ML models work) and engineering (data processing, model training, visualization, etc.) skills needed for a data scientist (although not the type of researchers that write papers). Use both Python and R. My interest is in data mining (deriving insights from data and build prediction models), not machine learning (purely improve specific model performance).
There are many Data Scientist jobs out there with a wide spectrum of what the job is really about, such as Data Analyst, BI, Data Engineer, ML Engineer, Applied Scientist, Software Engineer etc. So it'll be much appreciated if anyone can share how to figure out the correct job content as well as good company/area to work on for career growth as a Data Scientist.

Many thanks in advance! :)

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  • Google Denver.
    Great question. Unfortunately, although it may seem a lot. There are few "good" and challenging data related problems here. So you will have to get in line.
    Aug 23, 2018 5
    • Microsoft bluesilenc
      OP
      Thanks! What does "get in line" mean?
      Aug 23, 2018
    • Google Denver.
      It means there are a ton of very knowledgeable folks out here and not a lot of interesting work..... Folks will literally jump on an interesting project immediately. Unfortunately, like any big company the longer the tenure the easier it is to get an interesting project.

      And Google may have very interesting software problems but data science not many.
      Aug 23, 2018
    • Microsoft bluesilenc
      OP
      Understood, so Google is not the best place for less experienced data scientists
      Aug 23, 2018
    • Google Denver.
      Not true. You're will end up on a supporting role to some well renowned person in the data science domain, that in itself will be helpful for you to grow. What I intended initially was that getting a TL position is hard.
      Aug 23, 2018
    • Microsoft bluesilenc
      OP
      That'll be fun to learn from experts! I'm a IC and have no plan to be a TL. Im just afraid that working with more experts will render me more of an engineer. It'll be better to have end to end experience, even it's a small/less interesting project
      Aug 23, 2018