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What is in a name?

Data science can be a very vague title and can cover a variety of applications (although I saw it claimed by quite a few people that don’t have the background).

I remember as a kid hearing the word engineer being tacked on the end of every job. I remember a few kids joking about the garbageman being called a sanitation engineer. Coming from a National Lab I felt the pressure to call myself a scientist and sometimes wondered why I didn’t get to wear cool glasses. However, calling myself a statistical scientist felt a little weird. Towards the end of my employment at PNNL the phrase data scientist started to take off. I liked the title as I felt it communicated a little better to others my work.

Ever since I finished my graduate degree in statistics, I have tried to come up with different names to describe what I do. I am sure others have done this as well as very few people have experience with statisticians and their profession. I thought it might be fun to list some of them. I may even post about some of the names as I think the names highlight the different skills a data scientists needs.

  • Data Poet
  • Data Artist
  • Data Whisperer - I help [Data] with people problems
  • Data Wrangler
  • Data Therapist vs Data Interigator
  • Data Architect
  • Data Questioner
  • Data Modeller
  • Data Scrubber
  • Data Janitor
  • Data Coder
  • Data Narattor
  • Data Munger
  • Data Communicator
  • Data Journalist
  • Data Engineer

J. Hathaway

Data Scientist, Consultant, Teacher, Learner