I bet you'd love to have a fulfilling, challenging, exciting, impactful career as a data scientist. I mean, who wouldn't? HBR named Data Scientist the "Sexiest Job of the 21st Century" and Glassdoor called it the "#1 Job in America." And both for good reason. It is a dynamic, rewarding, challenging career where you get paid to make a major impact. And paid well, I might add.
In fact, the average data scientist in America makes about $121k/year. Not bad, right? And many Sr Data Scientists make well in excess of $150k/year. That is some serious money! It certainly wouldn't hurt to have a job that is fulfilling AND pays well. Am I right?
Unfortunately, there are only so many jobs to go around. And there are a lot of candidates. There are more and more data science degree programs and bootcamps popping up every day. The competition is fierce and only becoming fiercer.
Of course, you could always aim to get a job as a data analyst, or a BI analyst, or a software developer. In fact, maybe you're already working in one of these fields. If so, you probably know that the average data analyst makes about $65k/year, according to glassdoor.com. And BI analysts and software developers both make about $80k on average.
You could probably get a serious raise if you could land a job as a data scientist. In the range of $20k-$40k per year. Maybe more. What would you do with an extra $40k? (I personally made a $60k jump with a single job change following the DSDJ system.)
But if you don't land a job as a data scientist soon, it's going to cost you. The market is becoming more competitive and you're losing money every day you waste struggling with the job search. If you want to become a data scientist, you need to take action and make the transition now—before it's too late.