Why physicists are a good fit for data science jobs

Kiril Tsemekhman earned a doctorate in physics before moving into the online ad industry, eventually taking on his current role as chief data officer at Integral Ad Science. So how does a physicist go on to lead cutting edge big data analytics projects?”If I reflect on it, I think certain backgrounds prepare you better for data science,” Tsemekhman said. Increasingly, physics is one of those backgrounds. Tsemekhman said he’s seeing a lot of people stepping out of academia and into data science jobs. On his team, his background in genetic physics is complemented by researchers with degrees in chemistry, computational neuroscience and linguistics. Other team members also have degrees in physics. This is perhaps a necessary evolution of the data science field. At a time when demand for data scientists…

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