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CAREER ADVICE

Become a Data Scientist

As a data scientist, you’ll analyse raw data to form insights and solve problems like creating products or updating software. Get the key skills and qualifications now by taking online data science courses from top UK universities and institutions.

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What skills do you need to become a data scientist?

  • Analytical skills

    Data scientists know what data is and isn’t useful, using their insights to solve wider business problems such as conversion and customer retention using the trends they find.

  • Programming languages

    Whether you’re a data scientist, analyst or working in infrastructure, you’ll need an understanding of the industry’s basic programming languages, and how to use frameworks such as Hadoop.

  • Maths & statistics

    A background in mathematics and stats is vital, especially when building or managing databases. It’ll also help with data modelling, the process of knowing which data requirements a business needs for its problems.

  • Presentation & communication

    Professional data scientists are adept at presenting their findings to the rest of their teams. You’ll need to know the best ways to visualise and communicate insights in formats that every team can use.

Develop these skills. Take an online data science course

What do people say about these data science courses?

Excellent course, being a data scientist for a number of years it gave me insight into manipulating large sets of data and as I am taking other courses related to data visualization I am looking forward to new technologies. Thanks!

Goran Papic
Learner on Learn to Code for Data Analysis

A great introduction to forecasting. The training and validation periods were a bit of an eye-opener. Thank you for putting this course online.

Jonty Pearce
Learner on Business Analytics Using Forecasting

The benefits of taking data science courses online

Learn flexibly online, for free

Develop valuable skills with a short, online data science course. Start learning for free, on desktop, tablet or mobile.

Upgrade for tests and Certificates

Upgrade your course to get unlimited access, take tests and prove what you’ve learnt with a Certificate of Achievement.

Meet development experts

Learn with experts from top universities and business schools. Network with data scientists all over the world.