Why So Many Data Scientists Quit Good Jobs at Great Companies

A look at why the ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’ has lost its appeal

Adam Sroka
Mar 2 · 10 min read
Driven to tears — when dream jobs turn bad (photo by Andrea Bertozzini on Unsplash)

Dream job?

Why are so many data scientists looking for another job?

Reality vs Expectations

Sometimes working in a business environment isn’t quite what one expects (photo by Sebastian Herrmann on Unsplash).

Unrealistic expectations

You either fix the scope of what you’re trying to achieve and vary the timescales to fit, or fix the timescale and vary the scope.

Harsh reality

In some cases, you’ll be utilised as a clever technical person that can deal well with loose requirements to get stuff done. The fact that you can also do data science might just come second.

The Wonderful World of Politics

Sometimes you’ll feel like a politician (photo by Deniz Fuchidzhiev on Unsplash).

Unfortunately, politics are a part of many careers. Now, you don’t have to ‘play the game’ as it were — you can always take your rare and in-demand skillset and go elsewhere.

Of the four options, Voice is the only one in which you actively try to improve things. In this case, that means navigating office politics.

Data Science == Data EVERYTHING

It can get overwhelming when you’re the go-to person for all things data (photo by Usman Yousaf on Unsplash)

I often tell organisations that data scientists can do anything, usually slower and more expensively than everyone else — but the stress is on the anything.

Final word

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Dr Adam Sroka, Head of Machine Learning Engineering at Origami Energy, is an experienced data and AI leader helping organisations unlock value from data.

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