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Doing data science

Someone sent me this question:

As a social and political science expert, you analyze data related to everything from public health and clinical research to college football. Considering how adaptable analytics expertise is, what kinds of careers available to one with this skillset? In which industries are data scientists and analysts in particularly demand? What about emerging opportunities, or sectors that you believe could use more data experts?

I replied:

Data science is useful all over. What you need is to just look at problems that need to be solved, identify places where existing solutions could be improved in some meaningful way, and find or gather data that are relevant to your question, and perform some analysis integrating old and new data. Theory can be useful too in allowing you to get a sense of what can be learned from additional data.

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