Perhaps five years ago, most job descriptions required at least a Master’s degree to get a data scientist job, but that is no longer the case.
As a rule of thumb today, data scientists in big companies (FANG) are often similar to advanced analysts, while data scientists in smaller companies are more similar to ML engineers.
Not only Facebook, but many other companies like Apple and Airbnb have been putting a clearer distinction between analytics/product data scientists vs. ML data scientists.
In this article, we will first look into the overall trend of the data science industry and then compare ML engineers and data scientists in more depth.
Learn more about the recent trends in job descriptions and salaries for data scientists, ML engineers, and others to best understand the best fit for your career trajectory and interests.