Guest blog post.
Data Science Central is one of the largest communities of analysts and data scientists in the world. We set about analyzing our database to understand a little bit more about the data scientist community. This is part of our continuing effort to give more insight into the data science industry.
Here is the distribution of members for the Top 50 locations in the US. The markers in the map show relative density of members. For e.g. Chicago has 423 members & is represented by a Red marker.
We also correlated our data with external job posting sites such as Indeed.com. We find that the overlap between our community and the larger market for data scientists jobs is strong. The below chart shows about 1400 open job postings with “Data Scientists” in the job title. We have shown the top 13 locations representing about nearly half of the total population. As suspected New York & San Francisco / Bay Area are the top clusters for data scientists which also jives with our membership figures.
In the top 50 locations from the Data Science Central membership database, we found a strong cluster in the San Francisco – Silicon Valley – Bay area. When we group all of these locations together, we find that there are more than a 1,000 members of the top 50 locations in this area. This is by far the largest cluster of data scientists & does not include places like Los Altos and Pleasanton which are in the bay area but did not make it to the Top 50 locations. We find that these patterns are also being strong in the Indeed data as well.
Concentrations around the country included the Austin – Dallas – Houston area, the Washington DC, Philadelphia area & the Los Angeles-Irvine-San Diego belt. Other notable city specific pockets of data scientists included Boston, Seattle, Atlanta & Chicago.
What do you all think? Any key areas you think we are missing that we needed to focus more on?