How To Get A Job In Data Science

Hey, What’s up? today I got Richard The CEO and founder of a platform that helps you use AI to make your job search 10x easier, 10 faster and today he’s going to show us How to get a job in data science and Richard has hired over 500 people at Google so I don’t think there are so very many people in the world as qualified as him to tell us how to become a data scientist so i’m going to ask him 4 key questions to keep this interview organised first question that Richard is going to answer is do you need a degree? well, on book, you don’t. many companies will say you don’t need a degree but in reality, i don’t think i have seen any data scientist who does not have a college degree so it really depends how you want to take it so it’s possible, but you are saying you never seen it actually happened. all the data scientist you have met have a degree and do they have a PHD, a masters or just a bachelor’s So what I have seen is… I don’t have seen anybody who does not have a degree the reason why… i have seen a bunch of software engineers who does not have a degree Why? software engineers, you just learn more like a practical use of programming language then build some stuff but for data scientists, you do have a lot of math behind it without going to college, it;s hard for you to fully comprehend those science behind it so that’s just a little bit practical theoritically you can but in reality, you have to comprehend those maths behind it in terms of degree, yes indeed i see a lot PHDs and a bunch of masters probably there’s also some bachelors if you have experience, honestly, degree doesn’t matter that much which bachelor should someone get? and which masters, PHDs should people get if they want to become a data scientist? what is the best one? ofcourse, it’s Statistics there you go, perfect! it would be nice if there’s a data science masters right? but maybe that will be coming to colleges soon so that next question is… what do you think of data science bootcamps? one of them being galvanized, and i think there’s a bunch of data science bootcamps popping up especially in San Francisco and New York now absolutely, they are very helpful and ofcourse, the best situation is that you get to work on realtime projects you can also go to companies apply as an intern work as a volunteer as a data scientist but if you don’t have those type of opportunities but if you have some science foundation, you can still go to bootcamps then you really learn those type of things paired with your science foundation you can be equipped with that stuff and go to interviews i think we are talking before the interview that my friend, he went to a data science bootcamp and he’s able to get a job and he got multiple job offers for data science would you say that, there’s a lack of data scientist and there’s more demand than there are data scientist right now? ofcourse aboslutely data science is growing so much faster than anybody antipated with a ton of data scientist need and also more challenges the industry doesn’t know how to evaluate data scientist starting from google, from facebook people figure out the mechanics on how to evaluate a software engineer but data scientist, the people are still figuring out how to evaluate who has the potential to be a great data scientist so by the way, anyone out there, if you want a high-paying technical career and you studied something like chemistry, biology, physics and you have a scientific mind and you may have a degree and couldn’t have a good job afterward and i think that happens that’s a very common problem right? i’ve seen so many people who studied chemistry, biology, physics 4.0 students, cum laude, suma cum laude and yet they can’t find a job because there’s no demand for their skill do you think going to data science bootcamps is a good alternative for them so that they dont have to re-learn the math right? in those science class you go all the way up to linear algebra so they kind of started data science with a step forward Absolutely. you definitely need to have a science foundation, especially the math foundation go to bootcamp and at the same time, you can find some real life projects you go to work with a company as an intern or as a volunteer you can get real-life experience, and you will be good alright, that leads to our next question we covered over what happens if you are kind of screwed by studying a useless science degree i’m sorry about that but it’s kind of true it’s hard to get a job as a biology major i don’t critic the job market, it just says question number 3 if someone is brandnew, just graduated from high school, 18 what’s the ideal path for someone who wants to get a job doing data science for company like google or any other first tier tech company? That’s easy. The first thing is to go to a college to study stats or computer science incase those two department feel overly competitive then you can get into some other science major that you are really interested that’s number 1, just get into those majors number 2, try to do as many internship as possible and i said it before while you are in sophomore or junior, try to do internship even if they don’t pay you that’s okay be a volunteer working on real life projects is way more important not what you learn from class even for software engineers work on real life projects, that is number 2 number 3 is basically when you graduated you feel you don’t have enough experiences attend some of training camps or you use whatever is your skill to get a job within the company improving your skill to be a data scientist from what i’ve seen, we interviewed someone previously on how to get a job in machine learning for anyone out there would you say machine learning is a sub section of data science? is that true? machine learning is more focused on algorythms data science is more focused on data and insights and paired with algorithms to get the final results so it’s two differnt roles? yes when it comes to data science, by the way, i’m learning something here that’s why i did the interviews because I thought machine learning is a sub-section of data science people may want put it in a different way so you asked me i see it this way, and other people may have arrived in a different way but all of this is fine What could get someone an edge when they are applying for an internship or their first job above other students or other graduates? the general sense when applying for any job demonstrate that you have the potential to be the best in the category if you are applying to be a software engineer, demonstrate that you have the potential to be the best software engineer if you are applying to be a data scientist demonstrate that you have the potential to be the best data scientist question number 4 that we have and perfect segway which is what does it take to be a great data scientist? i think data scientist is one domain that people needs to understand people are still trying to figure out generally, what i have seen is, number 1 data scientist should love data they should be passionate about data number 2, unlike many other things you have to generate unique insight unlike for software engineers, for example Matt write some beautiful code and i use it for 1 case i copy his code and use it for another case i created avalue but for the same data, Matt absorb other insight and i absorb the same insight, i dont add value basically, you should have the capability to see data and get some unique insights do you think that’s a little bit of psychology that goes into that because usually the data you’re observing comes from people right? is there some psychology that you are trying to figure out what the users are doing? we definitely somehow have experience definitely your experience how you see the word but in reality, data scientists spend 90% of their time cleaning data you just need to get the data massage the data make the data in a lesser form then spend the 10% of the time to pair with algorithms and get the final results a data scientist should have the patience to clean the data and ability to debug it’s kind of like software engineers spend 90% of their time debugging that’s true what do you mean by cleaning the data? so basically, you look at the data analyze it so you have to identify them either you excluded them or you fix them awesome! Thanks Richard for sharing insights on getting a job in data science and becoming a data scientist if anybody out there wants to use AI to get a job in data science or get any technical job and also get a job in UX/UI or any of this dev roles uses AI to help you land a job. make it 10x easier, 10x faster and if you use my link in the description below you get $500 if you land a job thanks, Richard for your time, it’s been a lot of fun Thank you Mat



    August 9, 2018 at 4:56 am

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  2. pritam patra

    August 9, 2018 at 5:47 am


  3. Josh Houlding

    August 9, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Another fantastic, informative video. I've been considering data science as a possible career path after college and it was enlightening to get insider information from someone working in the field. Keep the great content coming, it's been a huge help in my future career planning!

  4. Obaid K.

    August 9, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Can you make a Product Manager video, preferably for Big Tech companies? (Thumbs up so he sees it!)

  5. first name

    August 9, 2018 at 6:01 am

    you aren't going to get a job as a data scientist unless you have a masters

  6. Vinit Patel

    August 9, 2018 at 6:07 am

    dang this was crazy helpful!

  7. Jugraj Singh Deol

    August 9, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I am doing the applied computer science degree in university of winnipeg
    So what career options do i have ?
    I have an inclination towards cybersecurity and data science
    So what path is the best after the degree

  8. Teacup Chinese

    August 9, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Matt, you're killing it. Best tech career channel on YouTube.

  9. Tahero

    August 9, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I am confused between choosing Software Engineering or Data Science path .
    I like programming and I am good at math

  10. tworains2

    August 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Getting computer information systems degree with a focus in databases. I'll be a database admin but I want to ultimately be a data engineer. Am I on the right path?? Oh and before I graduate I have 2 internships fyi..

  11. Ludz Bo

    August 9, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Very interesting YouTube channel,what about university data scientist certificate (ions)

  12. Samm Mir

    August 10, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Can an industrial engineering degree be good to do for a job in this field?

  13. ManOFSteel

    August 10, 2018 at 6:43 am

    does anyone know how much of math is essential to know to get into data science?

  14. Stigma

    August 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I tried out Leap Ai, signed up, entered into and Bam ! No job matches. Either I really suck or this job search database really sucks…

  15. zzz

    August 10, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    LOL, this is like the only video you have where someone says that "you do need a degree in order to get a job". I know you're trying to encourage people without a degree to get a decent job. However, you need to know that sometimes you just comes off as being kind of hostile towards someone with a degree, or even worse, a graduate degree.


    August 12, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    **Is there any way to know that data science will remain a high paying job of the future say 2025

  17. Juan Hernandez

    August 15, 2018 at 2:29 am

    Very useful, thank you!

  18. Harshajyoti Das

    August 15, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you, man…That was really helpful…Please upload more such videos on data science.

  19. James Harris

    August 15, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Man, how does a brotha get 1 of those awesome jobs at a Facebook or Google?

  20. James Harris

    August 15, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I enjoy your YouTube channel! Thanks for all the helpful info

  21. DataMind

    August 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    You are soo correct Matt! So many are transitioning into Data Science and it is soo broad. I can see why people have difficulty finding a job and the industry domain. I think the important lesson is that it's fine to show humility and owning your mistakes.

  22. Ouafae Haddouchi

    August 18, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Awesome! I am super interested in data science

  23. kelvin nguyen

    August 28, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Is getting a bachelors degree in data science a bad idea? Will I be able to get a job with that degree?

  24. Beb Chwan

    August 28, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Are you a filipino?

  25. Matthew McNulty

    August 30, 2018 at 1:44 am

    2:12 there are already data science masters! Starting mine in 2 weeks 😉 edit: oh and I’m a physics graduate that has had no luck with a job search

  26. tariq daoud

    September 7, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Is embedded systems a good field?

  27. How2hit

    September 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Hello, I have a question:

    My background: I have a degree but it's in a totally different field: film production. Since I heard about data science, I got into it and fell in love with it. What's the right path realistically to become a Data Scientist​?
    I'm now pursuing 2 Data Science and AI certificates from Microsoft. Plus, I've taken a couple of stats, coding, and data courses on Udemy. I'm planning to do a data science bootcamp as well after I'm done with my Microsoft Certificates.

    Do you think this is enough to at least to get my foot in the door?

  28. Doctor Drake

    September 15, 2018 at 11:18 am

    "all the way up to linear algebra"
    thats not that far

  29. Ánh Tuyết Nguyễn Thị

    September 29, 2018 at 10:49 am

    thank you for making such helpful career talk. career oriented agencies in Vietnam suck (i don't really know if there is one). it's even harder for girls to approach engineer and tech fields.

  30. Max Zwarenstein

    October 2, 2018 at 3:34 am

    Great video buddy, thank you!

  31. Lofoten Forsake

    October 4, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Is economics a good start for data science path? I am a student in finance/economics now.

  32. Leo Hovsepian

    October 21, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Wait no data science masters? I thought there was, I’ve seen it at UCI and CSUN.

  33. Hieu Doan Trung

    October 27, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you for the great content! I have just graduated as a Bachelor's of Business Administration. From what Mr. Liu said, i can see that my major is not a very right fit for the Data Science job 🙁 Where should i go from now? 🙁

  34. Shaan Ciantar

    October 28, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Yes, Master of Data Science courses exist, but they're very new and still adapting. Make sure you see the course outline before you sign up at a particular university as many of them are not well organised. Having said that though, there aren't many situations (other than a double degree) where studying a different course would be more useful.

  35. Ali Tanwir

    October 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I got attention deficit and i love the text you added to the video helps me stay in focus.

  36. Adam

    November 1, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I used to worked as a Process Engineer right after my graduation and decided to quit my job because process engineering wasn't really my passion . So, I started studying data science online and voila ! I got about 5 offers with a higher salary than my previous job from various industry such as o&g, telecommunications, and semiconductor. My best advice is to make your own project related to data science and make sure you put all relevant certificates than you had earned. Also, be prepared for the technical interview where you had to write a simple code etc..Best of luck.


    November 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Thanx alot for this information ,(need your HELP/SUGGESTION)
    i agree degree is not an important thing …so we can do lots of course online….and the popular one is UDACITY nanodegree, is its CERTIFICATION is valuable ..(MAKE VIDEO ON THIS PLEASE).?
    Will our opportunity get increased if we do a course from UDACITY and get certification from there.?

  38. YuJin Dev

    November 3, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Thanks, It is helpful to me.

  39. Kevin Pothen

    November 3, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for the insights!

  40. Daniel Wellington

    November 15, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Man, Surveys have use on millions don't they ?

  41. Schrodinger's Cat

    November 16, 2018 at 1:46 am

    what if I use Richard's link? will I become a supersaijen data scientist?

  42. Dillon Seals

    November 26, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I'm a senior Psychology major thinking about moving into data science, and I think Psychology is actually a pretty good choice for pursuing this career if you supplement the degree with a little programming (maybe some extra math too depending on your program). Psychological science is all about taking abstract, complex constructs such as memory, attitudes/beliefs, and executive control, figuring out how to quantify them and make them concrete, and then using statistics to analyze the data from experiments to draw theoretical conclusions.

    If you end up pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. in Psych then you'll definitely pick up enough applied stats, possibly some programming too depending on which field you study. The Ph.D. student I worked with in my first Cognitive lab was a total stats nerd and programmed his experiments himself with Python, and he mentioned that if the academia thing didn't work out that he was going to look into data science. He did Psych/Bio for his undergrad though, so if you do something like Psych/CS then you probably wouldn't need grad school for a lot of positions.

    If you want to do something like machine learning then yeah you'll need more math outside stats and some more programming skills, but otherwise it seems like people mostly want excellent statistics and data analysis know-how, which Psychology gets you (just toss in some python/sql). There's also much more technical reading and writing involved with Psychology than other STEM degrees (less math though), which I think would also be quite useful.

    Not a lot of Psych majors hanging around these circles, so I hope my perspective was helpful!

  43. Kola Aderinto

    December 9, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    People need to do their research on Data Science. it is very sophisticated and complicated field with a lots of Advance Mathematics(calculus, linear Algebra) and Programming involved. That can be too much for the average person who doesn't have the degree and training in Mathematics and computer science. I see a lot of boot-camps telling people they can be data analyst in 3 months, it is very misleading and down right foolish.

  44. Roy Staggers

    December 12, 2018 at 6:49 am


  45. darkdeath310

    December 29, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Thank you Matt

  46. Downhill D Miller

    January 13, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    I am looking at wanting to become a data scientist and or software engineer. I graduated with a masters degree in exercise science with a GPA of 4.0. It is a degree that does not go as in depth into physics or mathematics as a degree in those fields. I have no coding or programming background. What should be my next step? Pursue a bootcamp course or pursue a STEM-degree? It has been 17 months since I graduated and have not even managed to make more than 11k annually, and have almost 100k in student loan debt. Collecting and analyzing my data for my graduate school projects was my favorite part. My goal is to get into the tech field and be able to make a good living and live life.

  47. DoctorKen2k

    January 27, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for this interview.

  48. Muhammad Amien Ibrahim

    January 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    How about the job security?

  49. Y Salman

    February 22, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Bs in Economics. Do you think I can become a data scientist?

  50. QueenApple

    February 22, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    aww I wish the website didn't shut down! I wanted to do some research. Thank you so much regardless for your time!

  51. Kevin Eduardo

    March 4, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Why if one is outside the US, is it possible to get a job (remote or located)? I already have tourist documentation.Thanks

  52. Iman Ahmed

    March 12, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    when you are a chemistry and physics double major and bio minor

  53. M b

    March 18, 2019 at 12:19 am

    I'm currently studying my bachelor's in Mechanical engineering, I have a technology internship with a large financial company in the UK coming up this summer, and I hope to get on their graduate data scientist programme once I graduate. I intend to do a part time computer science course at another university to learn python and machine learning, though it will set me back a grand to do so. People have told me that I would be wasting my money doing so, though money isn't really an issue, would it be better to do a course online instead?
    Studying mechanical engineering the only coding I learn is MATLAB which doesn't equip me all that well for a career as a data scientist.

  54. Hoang Minh Nguyen

    April 11, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Well this interview got me …. I studied biology not by my own will. And i really dont want to do the lab work but coding and math instead… a prof in my class mentioned about 'machine learning' and I find this job title

  55. Mike Deluxy

    April 14, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Great video! While it's true most mathletes gravitate towards a degree (thus becoming good candidates for data science) lets not forget that the majority of the Data Science community today represent non-mathletes. Some do (and some do not) have degrees. Many have degrees not even in computer science or information systems. A good example can be the Kaggle community, and this represents a fraction of the overall data science community. Another good example are Data Engineers; who are mostly 1 algorithmic discipline away from doing data science work which could easily thrust them into holding the Data Science role.

  56. Economic Poison

    April 25, 2019 at 9:17 am

    GITHUB show everything in GITHUB LOL

  57. Zarbazan Zarbaev

    May 4, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Next week: how to get laid in data science

  58. Vibhu Narayan Deo

    May 18, 2019 at 6:33 am

    “90% of data science is data cleaning”
    This needs to be said more often

  59. Ryan Han

    June 27, 2019 at 10:28 am

    This video is too optimistic. I am studying statistics at college. I know python, machine learning, hadoop, tableau, sql, etc. And I still get a headache when I research for jobs.

  60. ihadthatcoming

    July 8, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Be a volunteer?? Are we seriously going to pretend that's a viable option for most people?

  61. Three Jewels

    August 13, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Just about to turn 40, a woman, background is in psych/education/nonprofit. Do I have a shot?

  62. Arthur Ho

    August 14, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I know this was basically answered in the video, but I'm about to go into my first year studying Mechanical engineering. I realize now that being a data scientist (data analyst, whatever other term they have for it) is where I want my career to be. I'm slowly learning a lot about building portfolios, getting internships, learning SQL, and many other things to become a data scientist. 

    My question is, if I stuck with my mechanical engineering degree and built my data science portfolio, would I be able to get a data science job in most industries? Is it just more likely for me to get a job at some aerospace company and being a data scientist for them? Or would I be able to take my skills and bring to other companies like Uber, Google, Facebook?

    Should I even be sticking with studying mechanical engineering or should I switch to Stats or Compsci?

  63. moulay rachid Hachimi

    August 16, 2019 at 12:58 am

    I have a question. Like we have acloudguru or linuxacademy for advanced cloud certification, do we have website like that concerning datascience and big data.? Thanks

  64. Sujan Chhetri

    August 22, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I am from non-technical background, can i make a career in data science?

  65. Andre Legris

    September 25, 2019 at 12:11 am

    I like your videos and the honest approach they use when discussing data science, computers, job market, etc. But I really resent your assertion that some science degrees are useless. A science degree is NEVER useless!! Even if a person cannot find a job in their, the 4 years they worked to acquire their degree wasn't spent just learning their field; they also learned critical thinking skills, how to discuss topics using logic (and not hysteria), and most importantly, they learned how to learn. So no matter what degree they get, if they need to learn a new skill, they have the ability to learn new things. Increasing your ability to think clearly and concisely is never a waste!

  66. Vlad Miron

    September 27, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    “All they way to linear algebra” lmao. As only a second year econometrics and operations research student i can tell you thats not that far

  67. We Gucci

    September 28, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Here in Germany we already have Data Science college degrees

  68. Fidu Gemechu

    October 5, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Does experimental statistics count?

  69. Jessica Green

    October 5, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    I have a scientific mind and have a Ph.D. in biology, and many technical skills in R and Python, and I have done machine learning to some extent, yet I can't find a data science job. Do you have any suggestions for me?

  70. Alex Jenkins

    October 13, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    has leapai shut down? :S where's the link 🙁

  71. Ryker Pedde

    October 24, 2019 at 2:09 am

    South Dakota State University has a Data Science Bachelors and Masters degree. That's what I am doing right now!

  72. Madhani Devang

    October 31, 2019 at 4:00 am

    How to become a data scientist ? Can I learn it online ? If yes, then make a video on different websites which help us to learn data science.

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