Software Engineering vs Data Science

Aug 22, 2019 33 Comments

currently in consulting, thinking about doing a bootcamp in either software eng or data science. how does the salary trajectory compare in these two careers?

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  • Google CzPT55
    If you're equally good at both, software engineering will pay much more in the long run.

    However software engineering requires a pretty specific mindset and isn't for everyone. Your consulting background suggests you probably already have a pretty anylitical mindset. I would suggest taking some sort of intro to software course and seeing if it "clicks". If it does, godspeed, if it doesn't go for Data Science and kick ass there, your personal ceiling will probably be higher. Plus you'll spend more time on the business side of the house and can probably move into the business side at some point which has the highest ceiling (again, if you're good)
    Aug 22, 2019 1
    • New betaji
      Hey you seem like you know what you're talking about. I've always been a business guy. Studied mis in undergrad and joined consulting but I've always been tech focused. Got an Ms in data science from a good school and am now a data scientist at a seed stage startup. I may have an opportunity to join Google business side (TAM) in gcp. Is it too early for me to switch back to the business side?
      Aug 22, 2019
  • New Stunt
    Don’t think you can get a solid dsc education in like 6 month bootcamp anyways. You need solid mathematics foundation.
    Aug 22, 2019 1
    • Chase / Eng
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      A solid mathematics foundation is an understatement.
      Aug 22, 2019
  • Credit Karma ckgogo
    SWE >> DS > Analytics in terms of career prospects.

    Analytics > SWE >> DS in terms of your chances of landing a position in said field.
    Aug 22, 2019 18
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      What do you mean by Ms analytics is not legit? I actually learnt a lot of stats and ML there. Sorry for so many questions, but I actually wanna know if I need to do something differently for my career. I can pm you if you prefer that.
      Aug 22, 2019
    • Credit Karma ckgogo
      I think you have the advice from this thread. SWE is king. The only question is, can you leetcode?
      Aug 22, 2019
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      My resume doesn't tell if I can lc or not, how would it get the recruiter's attention?
      Aug 22, 2019
    • Credit Karma ckgogo
      Just worry about leetcode and the rest will be taken care of.
      Aug 22, 2019
    • Credit Karma ckgogo
      If this guy can get there with an English degree + app academy, I’m pretty sure ECE undergrad can land some interviews. https://haseebq.com/farewell-app-academy-hello-airbnb-part-ii/
      Aug 22, 2019
  • New / Eng DBpY62
    If you wanna do real things, not building some shitty models then swe
    Aug 22, 2019 4
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      Why is model building shitty?
      Aug 22, 2019
    • New / Eng DBpY62
      Because in a lot of cases it’s going nowhere

      But sometimes it is, depends on the company. AFAIK in FAANG quite often data scientist are just doing BI tasks.
      Aug 22, 2019
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      Yes faang ds title is inflated. But it's still better than being a real DS at some other tier 2/3 company, because of higher pay and ability to leverage that name.
      Aug 22, 2019
    • Amazon blime
      Not necessarily true.Amazon DS L5 doesn’t cross 200k TC .Its around 160-180 I think so I’m sure lot of companies will match it
      Aug 22, 2019
  • Google nanithefu
    Swe is king right now
    Aug 22, 2019 3
    • Prudential / IT jacob4205
      what is swe?
      Aug 22, 2019
    • Prudential / IT jacob4205
      software engineer?
      Aug 22, 2019
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      🇸🇪
      Aug 22, 2019
  • Axtria DesiLaunda
    Go for SWE bootcamp over DS, if it's about pay. But DS is a wider domain than SWE so you can chose to work on different types of problems, coordinating with stakeholders etc if that's what excites you rather than code and code reviews.
    Aug 22, 2019 0

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