Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Transportation Data Scientist

Data Scientist is a newly introduced type of job in the data analytics community. It is also known as the sexiest job of the century. The job of a data scientist is to analyze complex or big data to understand and predict various patterns.

What do you need to become a data scientist?

  • You need to know analytics and programming in R, SAS, Python, Matlab, or other analytical/programming tools.
  • You also need to know how to work with databases (e.g. MySQL).
  • You probably improve your employability if you know some JavaScript and HTML to do cool data visualizations.
  • You also need to boost up your skills with some big data and machine learning skills.
Data plays a key role in transportation planning, operations, and management. Is it time for the transportation industry & government agencies to open up positions for transportation data scientists? Maybe hiring Chief Data Officers (CDO)?

I personally believe we can do much better with transportation data. There is certainly a need for highly skilled data scientists to pump some new blood into the transportation profession & research. Integrating advanced machine learning and big data techniques with traditional transportation analytics could revolutionize the transportation industry and research.


  1. Do you know of any company actively pursuing big data in transportation.

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