The Career Field Resource pages describe the more common fields that employ scientists with advanced training, with a short list of websites which will help you understand the field. Each section has:
- at least one or two articles to provide an overview of the field or career paths;
- resources specific to Berkeley (access to opportunities you can pursue while a student or postdoc);
- more general sources of information including professional associations, sites with industry news and career advice, and fellowship/job listings.
Data scientists generally have a research-based career in government, industry or for nonprofits – for example working in technology or healthcare organizations. For most roles, it is helpful to have both technical skills and an understanding of the business or industry problems that you might solve.
- Graduate Data Science Organization
- CDIPS – Career Development Initiative for the Physical Sciences
- D-Lab – offers various resources for honing programming and data analysis skills.
- Career Center – attend events, such as “Data Science Career Connections” and the annual Engineering/Tech Career Conference. Make use of resources such as Handshake which has job and internship postings, and career fair information.
- Signatures Innovation Fellows Program – “supports innovative research by UC Berkeley researchers in the data science and technology areas with a special focus on projects that hold commercial promise.”
- Nature has several articles, “From Doctorate to Data Science: A very short guide,” “So You Want to Be A Data Scientist” and ‘So You Want to Be A Data Scientist Again: Put your natural science skills to work in a data science career”
- Towards Data Science – informative articles, including one which discusses important skills and competencies for data scientists and another with career advice, “45 Ways to Activate Your Data Science Careers”
- Academic Data Science Alliance
NIH’s OITE article, “Considering a Career in Biomedical Data Science? What you need to Consider” and “Career Options Series: Bioinformatics”
- NIH Data Science Workforce Development Center
- Insight Data Science Fellows Program
- Data Incubator Data Science Fellowship
- Data Science Association
- West Big Data Hub – aims to “build and strengthen partnerships across industry, academia, nonprofits, and government to address societal and scientific challenges, spur economic development, and foster a national big data ecosystem”
- Data Jobs – job boards and information about the field
- Data Science Central – resources for machine learning (ML), deep learning, AI, data science, business analytics, BI, operations research, mathematical and statistical professionals