I am currently working as a registered nurse, but I have decided that I can no longer do this as a career. I was essentially forced by my parents to go into the health field. After doing research on many career fields, I believe that a career as a data scientist is a career that I would enjoy and be satisfied in. The only problem is that I don’t know how to get started. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology apart from my nursing degree. I’m tnis degree program, I had to take college level calculus, prob&stats, algebra, etc. To get to my point, should I go back to school to obtain a degree in statistics or CS, or should I train on my own to learn the skill necessary for the job? I am very disciplined when it comes to education, so self- teaching would not be an issue on my end. Any advice would be very helpful. Thank you!
Congrats on your career move, but please know that data science is one of the more difficult fields to enter, being a combination of statistics, programming, computer science, mathematics, etc. But, for someone motivated enough, with sharp acumen and intuitive data skills, it's a great field. A commenter recommended Andrew Ng's (pronounced 'ing' ) online course through coursera, and I also agree this is a great foundation. It is dense, but you'll need to master it if you hope to be a quality data scientist. He uses Octave, but I advise that you come up to speed quickly in R or Python. If you can translate Andy's code to either of those platforms, you'll be in good shape to start your practice.