I have 11 years experience on .net, should i learn data science?

I have 11 years experience on .net and getting paid rs 14L in india noida,

Should my experience get consider in Data Science and get better opportunity.

Should i learn data science or just learn new .net technology like Angular, node.js etc...

Please help me out.

  • $\begingroup$ That's for you to decide, and an exp. in .NET solely, cannot get translated to DS! $\endgroup$ – Dawny33 Jun 18 '16 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ How do we know? You might not like data science. If you do like data science, learn data science. If you don't like it, don't learn it. If you don't know what it is, do some research (it is, after all, science, and that requires research). $\endgroup$ – Spacedman Jun 18 '16 at 16:59

Let me try and break it down slightly and expand on what @Dawny33 has mentioned.

Should you learn DS?

If ambiguous and open ended problem statements excite you, you should. If you love and continue to apply mathematical concepts beyond your college degree, you should. If you always question why before what and how, you should. Given your question however, I am tempted to say No, but it is solely up to you. What would you like and more importantly why would you like it?

Will your experience count for DS opportunity?

No. Can you build solutions that can be data products and feed some reporting and analytics using .Net? Yes. Being a DS myself, I work with folks who do exactly that. Are they part of my Job Family? No.

In spite of its similarities in some areas, Data Science (and analysis) in general requires a different skill set than a pure developer. It among other things can also require lot of data exploration, wrangling, plotting and research on a day to day basis.

Unless you are really ready to change your job profile at your career stage, and bear the ever changing and dynamic nature of DS, stay put and invest time in technologies that have synergies with your existing skill set.

+1 for Angular as I know how heavily my employer is investing in it.

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    $\begingroup$ This genre of question appears a lot, and I always think of the Mozart anecdote that ends with Mozart saying 'but the eight year old Mozart didn't have to ask'. $\endgroup$ – Robert de Graaf Jun 19 '16 at 11:46
  • $\begingroup$ @RobertdeGraaf very apt. $\endgroup$ – Drj Jun 19 '16 at 23:33

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