Qualities of an elite data scientist
In my perspective, the following are the top qualities that can help to become an elite data scientist. The other characteristics can be built on these foundations.
- Curiosity: A key to smartness is curiosity. This helps a data scientist to be aware of what’s trending, keep learning and be persistent with the data. Such a person is informed of other disciplines as well, making her more knowledgeable.
- Critical Thinking: Analyzing and logical reasoning helps to play with the data. Critical thinking also helps transforming knowledge from other areas, providing new insights or facilitate to think outside the box.
- Communication: This is a life skill, which promotes data scientist to become an extrovert. It helps her to create reports/presentation depending on the audience. A good communicator can engage her audience well. She can make them align to her ideas, at the same time being open to the new ones.
- Humility: A data scientist needs to interact with lots of individuals during different stages of project. She needs to listen to others, seek advice, admit when things are not right. She should give people credit when its due and complement them for their efforts. She should be mindful of the information she possesses and humble enough of how it should be shared.
By: Jaya Kuppuswamy