How to become a data scientist: A guide to the education, skills, and necessary experience

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Maurizio Porfiri, NYU Institute Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NYU Tandon and Director of Doctoral Studies at NYU CUSP, explains how to forge a path into data science: “Whether you’re currently in an undergraduate program or want to further your career in data science, it’s important to consider the type of problems you’re looking to solve using data,” said Porfiri, who recommends students investigate real-life examples of data science at work. “It’s critical not only to have the tools for analyzing the data, but to also get your hands ‘dirty’ in real datasets, and understand how to move them forward.”