Start Your Journey in Data Science

Posted by Marbenz Antonio on January 11, 2024

In November 2022, the post titled “The Fully Credentialed Data Science Professional” recommended a combination of credentials for data scientists and related professionals. However, as the well-known Chinese proverb suggests, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The Open Group is introducing a clear starting point for students, trainees, and career changers to embark on their professional data science journeys.

The Open Associate Data Scientist credential is the first of its kind among the Open Professions. It requires the completion of rigorous academic or industrial training and hands-on experience in lab-like environments but does not mandate completed professional projects or an incremental exam.

For students, trainees, or career changers, this credential enables the demonstration of applied education to potential employers. It also offers employers an objective indication of job readiness.

The Associate application covers similar areas to the Open Certified Data Scientist (Open CDS), including experience, professional development, and communication. However, the benchmarks have been tailored to an academic or trainee environment. For instance, a capstone project, commonly included in many curricula, substitutes for a fully deployed data science solution.

By earning the credential, Associates also signal to their prospective organizations that they are serious about professional standards and are likely to continue earning the recommended data scientist certifications. For hiring managers, this supports the organization’s ability to objectively showcase its data science capabilities to stakeholders.

The Open Group envisions the Open Associate Data Scientist credential becoming an industry standard prerequisite for hiring. In the meantime, it serves as a specific differentiator for students and career changers to stand out in a competitive field.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Find out more at: https://www.opengroup.org/certifications/associate-data-scientist


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