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How to Become a Citizen Data Scientist

February 1, 2024

The job responsibilities of a citizen data scientist include dealing with new data, using automated tools to process big data, and creating additional models to gain additional insights. Their primary job is not to make predictions directly from big data, or develop prescriptive analytics, but to build models and use tools that accomplish those goals.

Citizen data scientists bridge the gap between “true” data scientists (trained and with a degree) and business owners performing their own self-service analytics. This analogy may provide some insight: A data scientist might be able to run ten miles in an hour, but a citizen data scientist can putter around, warm up the car, and drive ten miles in less than an hour, for less money. Granted, the citizen data scientist won’t see as much scenery en route, but they’ll still get the job done.