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Right now there is a lot of hype for data science. Everyone is learning it. There are lots of courses and boot camps being offered. Unlike software engineering, however, are data scientists required to have a specialization in a specific domain? For example, if you want to be a data scientist and like to work on topics in biology, would you need to know a lot about biology?

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  • $\begingroup$ Data Science requires some basic specialisations. You need knowledge of computer science, mathematics specifically statistics and a bit of calculus as well. Data scientists process and work upon data which comes from various branches such as biology, literature, CS etc. $\endgroup$ Feb 27 '19 at 2:44
  • $\begingroup$ The data sets will be different between different industries, sectors, etc. Some data sets will be highly structured, some will be semi-structured, and some will be completely unstructured. Also, the terminology/nomenclature will be different between different industries, of course. The math, stats, computer science, will be exactly the same between different industries. $\endgroup$
    – ASH
    Feb 23 '20 at 2:49

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