I am a 35 year old IT professional who is purely technical. I am good at programming, learning new technologies, understanding them and implementing. I did not like mathematics at school, so I didn't score well in mathematics. I am very much interested in pursuing a career in Big Data analytics. I am more interested in Analytics rather than Big Data technologies (Hadoop etc.), though I do not dislike it. However, when I look around in the internet, I see that, people who are good in analytics (Data Scientists) are mainly Mathematics graduates who have done their PHds and sound like intelligent creatures, who are far far ahead of me. I get scared sometimes to think whether my decision is correct, because learning advance statistics on your own is very tough and requires a of hard work and time investment.
I would like to know whether my decision is correct, or should I leave this piece of work to only intellectuals who have spend their life in studying in prestigious colleges and earned their degrees and PHDs.