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Senior Data Scientist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Utilizes skills and experience to systematically answer questions using data to provide actionable recommendations. Commonly utilizes advanced statistical analysis and machine learning techniques. Common responsibilities also include data cleaning and data management. Able to work and lead on data science projects independently. May involve management of other members of the data science team.

Job Outlook

There were 382 Senior Data Scientist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 12017 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Data Scientist industry, which includes the Senior Data Scientist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Senior Data Scientist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $125,764.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $120,983.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Senior Data Scientist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $111,755.

Education and Experience

Posted Senior Data Scientist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree21%
Master's Degree70%
Doctoral Degree9%
Other0%

Posted Senior Data Scientist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years10%
3 to 5 years56%
6 to 8 years21%
9+ years13%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Senior Data Scientist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (47%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (36%)
  • Communication Skills (36%)
  • Problem Solving (25%)
  • Creativity (16%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Data Science (100%)
  • Python (82%)
  • Machine Learning (77%)
  • SQL (59%)
  • Artificial Intelligence (31%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Java (19%)
  • Apache Hadoop (19%)
  • Experiments (18%)
  • Physics (18%)
  • SAS (16%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • MATLAB (7%)
  • Econometrics (6%)
  • Big Data Analytics (5%)
  • Recommender Systems (5%)
  • Time Series Models (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Senior Data Scientist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Lead Data Scientist
  • Principal Data Scientist
  • Data Scientist II
  • Senior Principal Data Scientist - Ai/Ml

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Senior Data Scientist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Humana (714)
  • Amazon (485)
  • Microsoft Corporation (239)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (235)
  • Dell (235)

North Carolina

  • Lowe's Companies, Inc (22)
  • Humana (16)
  • Microsoft Corporation (11)
  • LexisNexis (10)
  • Verizon Communications Incorporated (10)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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