2016’s Best Places for Data Scientist Jobs

One position keeps topping the lists of hottest careers for 2016: data scientist. The job, which involves using quantitative and technological skills to analyze data, was named “sexiest job of the 21st century” by Harvard Business Review. Studies show that data scientists can make over $250,000, with a median base salary of $96,000. And they’re in incredibly high demand, due to the ever-increasing availability of data – and the belief that companies need to be smarter about it.

It’s clear that data scientist is the new hot job. And GoodCall wanted to find out where those jobs are. GoodCall analysts evaluated available data scientist jobs in 5,000 cities across the U.S. to see which areas offer the best career opportunities for current or aspiring data scientist. See our full results and key facts below:

Methodology and Sources

The number of data scientist jobs was calculated using Indeed.com, searching available jobs in 5,000 cities across the U.S. Cities were grouped into the categories above based on population as follows:

  • Small Town: 1-19,999 residents
  • Large Town: 20,000-99,999 residents
  • Small City: 100,000 to 299,999 residents
  • Large City: 300,000-999,999 residents
  • Metropolis: 1,000,000-3,000,000 residents

Statistics on the career of data scientist come from The Burtch Works Study: Salaries of Data Scientists 2016.

Carrie Wiley

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Carrie is graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has a degree in English and Journalism with a concentration in Professional Writing. She served as news editor of The Seahawk campus newspaper. Since college, Carrie has worked in various digital marketing roles focusing mostly on media relations. Her writing has been featured in Yahoo! Homes and AOL Real Estate. In addition to being GoodCall's Public Relations and Communications expert, Carrie is also a regular contributor to the GoodCall newsroom, covering higher education trends and career news.

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