Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Peter LaComber from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Peter LaComber

Consulting Engineer

CRH plc

Read more

Peter LaComber
Skills - organisation and attention to detail Interests - all things technical Education - basic engineering foundation course (degree or similar)
Close

Social?
Social
The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image

Data Scientist

Job Zone

Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, you may need to complete three - four years of college and work for several years in the career area to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€50k > 75
Data Scientist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€50 - 75
Related Information:
Graduate/Starting 35
Senior/Potential (10 yrs exp) 75,000+
Data Source(s):
The Insurance Institute of Ireland / Brightwater

Last Updated: May, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Shortages have been identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2017 for the following areas:

Data analytics: "experienced (5 years+) statisticians; economists and data scientists (big data, data visualisations and quantitative modelling)"

Business intelligence: "BI solutions, big data analysts (e.g. Hadoop, Cassandra, SQL), ERP (enterprise resource planning) with SAP"

Systems/solutions architects, Database architects: "(e.g. data centres/data warehousing)"

Engineers: "network (Linux, Open Source), database".

7.4%
Occupational Category

Programmers & Software Developers

Also included in this category:

Analyst-programmers; database developers; programmers; software engineers.

Number Employed:

22,200

Part time workers: 5%
Aged over 55: 5%
Male / Female: 84 / 16%
Non-Nationals: 42%
With Third Level: 92%
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

Uses strong business acumen, coupled with an ability to communicate data findings to influence how an organisation approaches business challenges.


Videos & Interviews header image

Follow the links below to watch videos related to this occupation:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site


Go..Search YouTube for Data Scientist videos

The Work header image

Data scientists mainly looking at estimating the unknown, for example, building statistical models that help with making decisions based on data. A data scientist is an evolution of the business or data analyst role. Their formal training is similar. They have a solid foundation typically in the areas of computer science and applications, modeling, statistics, analytics and maths.

What sets the data scientist apart is strong business acumen, coupled with the ability to communicate findings to both business and IT leaders in a way that can influence how an organisation approaches a business challenge.

Good data scientists will not just address business problems, they will pick the right problems that have the most value to the organisation. The data scientist role has been described as “part analyst, part artist.”

Anjul Bhambhri, vice president of big data products at IBM, says, “A data scientist is somebody who is inquisitive, who can stare at data and spot trends. It's almost like a Renaissance individual who really wants to learn and bring change to an organisation."

Whereas a traditional data analyst may look only at data from a single source – a CRM system, for example – a data scientist will most likely explore and examine data from multiple, disparate sources. The data scientist will sift through all incoming data with the goal of discovering a previously hidden insight, which in turn can provide a competitive advantage or address a pressing business problem.

A data scientist does not simply collect and report on data, but also looks at it from many angles, determines what it means, then recommends ways to apply the data.

Data scientists are inquisitive: exploring, asking questions, doing “what if” analysis, questioning existing assumptions and processes. Armed with data and analytical results, a top-tier data scientist will then communicate informed conclusions and recommendations across an organization’s leadership structure.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

bullet

Analyze problems to develop solutions involving computer hardware and software.

bullet

Assign or schedule tasks to meet work priorities and goals.

bullet

Evaluate project plans and proposals to assess feasibility issues.

bullet

Apply theoretical expertise and innovation to create or apply new technology, such as adapting principles for applying computers to new uses.

bullet

Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.

bullet

Meet with managers, vendors, and others to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.

bullet

Conduct logical analyses of business, scientific, engineering, and other technical problems, formulating mathematical models of problems for solution by computers.

bullet

Develop and interpret organizational goals, policies, and procedures.

bullet

Participate in staffing decisions and direct training of subordinates.

bullet

Develop performance standards, and evaluate work in light of established standards.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

bullet

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

bullet

Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

bullet

Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

bullet

Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

bullet

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

bullet

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

bullet

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

bullet

Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

bullet

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

bullet

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

bullet

Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

bullet

Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

bullet

English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

bullet

Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

bullet

Telecommunications: Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

bullet

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

bullet

Systems Evaluation: Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

bullet

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

bullet

Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

bullet

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

bullet

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

bullet

Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

bullet

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

bullet

Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.

bullet

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Entry Routesheader image

A Bachelors degree in the areas of computer science and applications, modeling, statistics, analytics and maths.

Combined with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or relavent postgraduate qualification, related to the particualr industry sector .

Last Updated: October, 2014


Related Occupationsheader image

Job Search


Industry Expert



Apprenticeship Information

IFS Advanced Specialist
IFS Specialist

Career Articles

Big Data and Analytics Top Tech Jobs
So you want to be a Data Scientist?
What a Data Analyst does

Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...


...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Business Organisation & Management
Computers & ICT
Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Accountancy & Taxation

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database

Go..


Higher Ed & CAO Course suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.
Courses found: 44
Arts - Economics
TCD
Arts - Economics
University College Cork (NUI) - UCC
Arts - Economics
Maynooth University
Arts - Economics
University of Limerick - UL
Arts - Economics
NUI Galway
Aviation Management/ Aviation Management with Pilot Studies
DCU
Business Analytics
DIT
Business and Information Technology
IT Blanchardstown
Business and Information Technology
IT Blanchardstown
Business and Technology
Dundalk IT
Business Computing
NCI
Business Computing
Limerick IT
Business Computing
Dublin IT - DIT
Business in Information Technology
Dublin Business School
Business Information Management
IT Tralee
Business Information Systems
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Business Information Systems
Dublin Business School
Business Information Systems
Limerick IT
Business Information Systems
NCI
Business Information Systems
UCC (NUI)
Business Information Systems
Cork Institute of Technology
Business Information Systems
NUI Galway
Business Information Systems
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Business Information Systems (Cloud Computing)
Dublin Business School
Business Psychology
Athlone IT
Business with Administration and ICT Skills (Mayo Campus)
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Business, Economics and Social Studies (BESS)
TCD
Computer Science and Business
TCD
Economics and Finance
UCD (NUI)
Environmental Health and Safety
NUI Galway
Food and Business Management - Cancelled
St. Angelas College Sligo
Information Technology Management
IT Tallaght
Information Technology Management
IT Carlow
Law and Business
Law and Business
University College Cork (NUI) - UCC
Law and Business
TCD
Legal and Business Studies
Dublin Business School
Legal and Business Studies
Dublin Business School
Management of IT & IS - Online Flexible Learning
DCU
Management Science and Information Systems Studies
TCD
Nutrition, Food and Business Management
St. Angelas College
Occupational Safety & Health
IT Sligo
Occupational Safety and Health
IT Sligo
Software Systems Development
Waterford IT


Further Ed & PLC Course Suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.

Courses found: 101


Software Development
Sligo College of Further Education
Networks & Web Design
St. John's Central College
Computer Games & Interactive Entertainment Development
Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Gaming, Animation & Motion Graphics
Castlebar College of Further Education
Software Development
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
IT Systems with Digital Marketing
Bray Institute of Further Education
Web Authoring & Multimedia
Ballsbridge College of Further Education
IT Support Technician
Collinstown Park Community College
Computer Systems & Network, PC Maintenance
College of Further Education Dundrum
Computer Maintenance
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
Computer Systems and Networks
Killester College of Further Education
Computer Game Design & Development
Kerry College of Further Education
Computer Studies with Coding and Web Design
Moate Business College
Computer Information Systems
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
Networks and Software Systems
Bray Institute of Further Education
Network Technologies
Collinstown Park Community College
Computer Science
Computer Systems & Networks
Grange Community College
Software Engineering
St. John's Central College
Software Development
Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
Creative Media Production (Computer Game Design) - HND
Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Business IT
Drumshanbo College of Further Education
Computer Systems and Networks
Bray Institute of Further Education
Computer Programming
Rathmines College of Further Education
Computer Networking Technologies
Computer Systems & Programming - IT
Central Technical Institute Senior College
Computer Science
Portlaoise College
Computer Systems & Networks
Carlow Institute of Further Education
Computer Science
Cork College of Commerce
Computer Game Design & Development
St. John's Central College
Computer Systems & Networks
Waterford College of Further Education
Computer Systems & Networks
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
Networks & Web Design - Advanced
St. John's Central College
Creative Media & Web Development
O'Fiaich Institute
Advanced Certificate in IT and Business Management
Monaghan Institute
Networking Technician - CISCO Certified
Liberties College
Creative Media - Computer Games Design
Cavan Institute
Computer Systems & Networks
Beaufort College
Computer Games Programming
Cavan Institute
Software Development
Cavan Institute
Software Development - Year 2
Cavan Institute
Cloud Computing - Advanced
St. John's Central College
Computer Game Design & Development - Advanced
St. John's Central College
Computer Games Design & Programming
Monaghan Institute
Computer Science & Software Engineering
St. Conleth's Community College
Computer Systems & Networks
Whitehall College of Further Education
Games & App Development
Carlow Institute of Further Education
Software Development
Cork College of Commerce
Computer Systems & Networks with CCNA
College of Further Education Dundrum
Gaming Design and Development
Mallow College of Further Education
Software Design & Development
Ringsend College
Computer Systems & Networks - Advanced
Whitehall College of Further Education
Computer Science
Blackrock Further Education Institute
Computer Systems & Networks with Mobile Technologies
Castlebar College of Further Education
Games Development
Bray Institute of Further Education
Computer Systems & Networks
Limerick College of Further Education
Software Development
Rathmines College of Further Education
Agri Business & Information Technology
Ardscoil Phadraig
Cloud Computing
St. John's Central College
Games Development
Pulse College
Computer Games Development
Cavan Institute
Computer Science
College of Further Education Dundrum
Computer Networks and Systems
Dunboyne College of Further Education
App & Software Development
Limerick College of Further Education
Software Development - Advanced
Limerick College of Further Education
Games Design & Development
Blackrock Further Education Institute
Software Development with Cloud Computing
Castlebar College of Further Education
Software Development
Bray Institute of Further Education
Software Development
Templemore College of Further Education
Computer Systems and Networks
Templemore College of Further Education
IT Digital Skills
Crumlin College of Further Education
Software Design & Development
Crumlin College of Further Education
Computer Systems and Networks
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
Software Development
Limerick College of Further Education
Software Development
Cork College of Commerce
Games Development & Design
Galway Technical Institute
Software Development
Galway Technical Institute
Programming and Software Development
Galway Technical Institute
App Design and Development
Galway Technical Institute
Coding and Software Development
Pearse College of Further Education
Computer Systems & Networks
Mallow College of Further Education
Software Development
Mallow College of Further Education
Networks and Software Development - Advanced
Mallow College of Further Education
Computer Networks & IT Security
Blackrock Further Education Institute
Advanced Certificate in Computer Systems and Networks
Monaghan Institute
Software Development with Games Design
Greenhills College
Networks for Small Business
Rathmines College of Further Education
IT Skills with ESOL
Blackrock Further Education Institute
Games Development (Part Time)
Pulse College
Games Design & Development
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
Software Development
Kerry College of Further Education
Software Development Advanced
Kerry College of Further Education
Software Development
Longford College of Further Education
Software Development
Longford College of Further Education
Computer Systems and Networks
Castlebar College of Further Education
Advanced Certificate in Software Innovation & Design
Monaghan Institute
Cybersecurity Technician Course
Templemore College of Further Education
Network Security Professional
College of Further Education Dundrum
Network & Software Systems - Advanced
O'Fiaich Institute
Software Development - Advanced
Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
Computer Systems & Networks