What is a data scientist and what do they do?

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What is a data scientist and what do they do?

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In theory someone who is a mix of statistician and programmer. Taking large sets of data and manipulating them to extract meaning and links between different aspects that can then be used to make predictions of future behaviour.
As with all job titles it’s sometimes used in place of a pay rise, some strange people think that your job title matters. Which means it can cover a fairly wide range of roles, anything from a glorified database administrator to a senior researcher with a PhD in statistical analysis.