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Data scientists use software, artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyse and interpret large amounts of data.

Annual Salary

£32,000 to £82,500

Average UK salary in 2023 was £34,963
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm; flexibly

Future employment

There will be 2.4% more Data scientist jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a data scientist, you could:

  • gather data from different sources to create models and test ideas
  • analyse data patterns to form insights and make policy recommendations
  • set up automated data systems to transform business processes
  • make sure information management meets data security and quality standards
  • explain to different audiences how AI and data science can benefit their organisation

Possible green job

This job could help the environment.

For a data scientist to be a green job, you could:

  • develop systems to cut down on waste and help businesses operate more sustainably
  • identify and store only relevant data to reduce the energy consumption of servers
  • use AI and machine learning to process huge amounts of real-time data more efficiently, for example in climate modelling

Find out more about green careers

Working environment

You could work in an office or remotely.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • a Civil Service training programme

You can begin your career in data science by studying for a relevant degree or postgraduate qualification, such as:

  • maths
  • statistics
  • data science
  • computer science
  • operational research

Subjects that include a lot of statistics, like physics, engineering or psychology may also be useful.

Graduates of other subjects can do a postgraduate master's conversion course to get into AI and data science.

Funding is also available to encourage people from under-represented groups to come into the profession.

Doing an internship or industry work placement as part of your course can give you an advantage when looking for jobs.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship, for example:

  • Data Scientist Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship
  • Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Data Specialist Level 7 Professional Apprenticeship

These can take between 2 and 3 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
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Direct application

You could apply directly to companies and organisations if you have the right skills and experience from working with data. You may be able to find roles with:

  • the NHS
  • financial and professional services firms
  • IT companies
  • retail and sales organisations
  • government departments

Other routes

You could register for a place on the Civil Service Fast Stream scheme to work in data. You'll need a degree, postgraduate award or have completed a degree apprenticeship to apply.

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Career tips

Look out for coding bootcamps that offer intensive training courses in computing and data science.

You can also find free computer science and coding courses through The Skills Toolkit.

It will be useful to build up your knowledge of coding, analysis and data manipulation software packages like:R; SQL; Python; Power BI; Excel

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Analytics (IoA) or The Royal Statistical Society for training and development opportunities, and to make contacts in the industry.

Further information

You can find out more about a career as a data scientist from The Royal Statistical Society and The Chartered Institute for IT.

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With experience, you could specialise in:artificial intelligence; machine learning; database management

You might also:move up to senior or principal data scientist; become a departmental strategy manager; go into academic research and university teaching; work as a freelance data consultant

For other roles linked to Data Scientist, employers such as SSE have roles as a Data Analyst Apprentice.

How does this job help to address the impacts of climate change and protect wildlife and nature in the West of England?

Data Scientists are needed to use data to identify, manage and solve environmental issues for businesses including those related to pollution, emissions, carbon capture and energy generation.

Examples of post-16 courses you could study at local schools or colleges

  • Maths, Computer Science A-levels
  • Level 2-3 Computing at SGS College and City of Bristol College
  • T-Level Digital Business Services (available from 2024)

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Apprenticeships you may be able to take with local employers

  • Level 6 Data scientist integrated degree apprenticeship 
  • Level 7 Artificial intelligence (AI) data specialist higher apprenticeship 

Click here to search for a local apprenticeship

Examples of post-18 courses you could study at local higher education providers

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For more information on the different routes you can take to get into working as a data scientist, take a look at the 'Routes into this job' section above. 

Click here for an explanation of the different course and apprenticeship levels.

Local employers 

  • Ove Arup and Partners
  • Mott Macdonald

For more local employment opportunities see the 'Live job vacancies by region' section above.

Data scientists use data from multiple sources including space data to understand threats to national security. 

Examples of post-16 courses you could study at a local school or college

  • Maths, Computer Science A-levels
  • Level 2-3 Computing 
  • T-Level Digital Business Services 

Find a local provider

Examples of post-18 courses you could study at a local provider

Search for a degree course

Apprenticeships you may be able to take with local employers

  • Level 6 Data scientist integrated degree apprenticeship 
  • Level 7 Artificial intelligence (AI) data specialist higher apprenticeship 

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Employers in the South West 

  • CGI
  • Thales Alenia Space
  • Frazer Nash Consulting
  •  GCHQ
  • Universities of Bristol, Bath and West of England (UWE)
  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Babcock

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of computer operating systems and software packages like R or Python
  • knowledge of maths and statistics
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • an understanding of how businesses are managed and operated
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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