Switching role from Data Analyst to Data Scientist

New / Other Fqpm24
Feb 12, 2018 15 Comments

I am joining as senior data analyst at EA although have more interest towards data scientist role.Is it eventually possible to move to a data scientist role in Global Analytics and Insight at EA ? Is team change a very rare thing or quite normal? Any insight will be much appreciated.


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  • Microsoft Deamoon
    Almost impossible. They will not consider you. What you need to do is join some small company as junior data scientist, get a few years of experience then eventually apply to bigger company later down the road
    Feb 12, 2018 5
    • New / Other Fqpm24
      Thanks for the reply. I have 4 years of data analyst experience. Have used SQL, HQL, R and Tableau extensively. Also, have worked on statistical techniques like regression, AB testing, segmentation , bit of text mining etc. Will it be still impossible?
      Feb 12, 2018
    • Aetna / Other databish
      I’ve not seen anyone successfully transition from data analyst to data scientist. A lot of it has to do with data scientist requirement for a PhD.
      Feb 12, 2018
    • Yahoo eyxitsjtj
      ^ is true only for healthcare industry. The tech world's definition of Data Scientist is very vague. You can definitely become a data scientist and do predictive modeling in tech without a PhD since your recommendations for product improvement or marketing are not going to kill anyone. It's a combination of art and science though.
      Feb 12, 2018
    • Aetna / Other databish
      I’ve seen folks without PhD eliminated from consideration at my last role...that was health care company as well. I need an industry change.
      Feb 12, 2018
    • Microsoft Deamoon
      Tech is possible, health care is not possible they are right!

      On side note, you don't have to focus on your experience. For a new role consider yourself fresh grad applying for data scientist.
      Everything is possible, just don't expect to transit from senior data analyst to senior data scientist. You will be lucky to get junior level data scientist at a small company.
      Feb 12, 2018
  • I've worked extensively with GAI, and have even switched roles myself within EA. I have seen EA to be pretty flexible about letting you choose which path you wish to pursue, as long as you are able to convince them of transferable skills, and how you add value in the new role. I have had an MBA friend join GAI as a data scientist, and he didn't have a PhD. Having said that, you WILL find a lot of PhDs in the role of a data scientist, but it's not exclusive.
    May 5, 2018 0
  • Also from EA here and we work with GAI quite a lot. Overall I would say it’s not hard to get into GAI, especially if you’ve had data experience. Though for the data science team in particularly, they mostly have PhD degrees (some with more than one). However, I have seen a friend who was an analyst at Lyft and now is a Data Scientist after 5 years

    Not sure whether you’ve joined already but PM me if you want to chat or want me to introduce someone from GAI for you.
    Apr 25, 2018 0
  • I don't really interact with data scientists, but the ones I am aware of at EA are anti-fraud or under a game team.

    Another thing is that at times titles are fudged a bit to accommodate pay raises, so there could be some variance in what the title means in different areas of the company.
    Feb 15, 2018 0
  • Uber FACTS YO
    Can’t speak to EA in particular, but this is definitely possible in general
    Feb 12, 2018 0
  • EA / Other acebdf
    Thanks for the reply. I will DM for any further help.
    Jul 20, 2018 0
  • EA Vtyz45
    I work quite a bit with people from GAI Data Science as well as WWCE Data Science. I know GAI is hiring because they wanted me to transfer but I didn’t wanna move out there (EA doesn’t have good CoL adjustment) PM me if interested in referral
    Jun 26, 2018 0
  • EA JBay01
    Within Global Analytics and Insights it's possible to change teams after some time. You need to be qualified (DS team is extremely talented / degreed) but talk to your manager about your career goals (wait a while though, not like day 1 when can I switch).
    Mar 16, 2018 0
  • EA vJVm23
    EA is very supportive of their employees' career goals in my experience.
    Feb 13, 2018 0
  • Travelers abkdb
    Good question. I would love to hear back as well
    Feb 12, 2018 0