I looked at the job titles of my 7,500 LinkedIn connections, and found about 4,900 unique job titles. The vast majority of my connections work in data science or some analytic field. Some very popular job titles do not contain an analytic keyword: for instance CEO, Consultant, Founder. My own job titles - Co-Founder, Managing Partner - fall in this category despite the fact that among other things and foremost, I am a Data Scientist.

Nevertheless, this data set was incredibly useful to discover thousands of new, interesting job titles. The full data will later be available to members only, but you can get a summary and extract in our DSC-JobTitles.xlsx spreadsheet. The spreadsheet has three tabs:

  • Tab A: data science and analytic-related job titles with 2+ LinkedIn connections
  • Tab B: other related job titles with 2+ LinkedIn connections (CTO, Chief Architect)
  • Tab C: all job titles containing 'Analytic', and starting either with 'Chief' or 'Director' (see below)

Chief Actuary of GeoSpatial Analytics and Modeling
Chief Analytic Officer
Chief Analytics & Algorithms Officer
Chief Analytics Officer
Chief Credit & Analytics Officer
Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Chief Research & Analytics Officer
Chief Scientist, Global Head of Analytics
Chief Scientist, VP of Analytics
Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Information Management & Analytics
Client Director, Business Analytics
Director - Advanced Analytics
Director - Analytic Science
Director – Analytics Delivery
Director - BI & Analytics
Director - Fraud Analytics & R&D
Director - Predictive Analytics
Director (Analytics and Creative Strategy)
Director (Marketing Analytics)
Director : Digital Analytics
Director Analytics Strategy, JMP
Director Marketing Analytics
Director of Advanced Analytics
Director of Analytic Consulting, Product/Data Loyalty Analytics
Director of Analytic Solutions
Director of Analytics
Director of Analytics (consultant)
Director of Data Analytics and Advertising Platforms
Director of Digital Analytics and Customer Insight
Director of Health Analytics
Director of Innovation, Big Data Analytics
Director of Product, Analytics
Director of Risk Analytics and Policy
Director of Science & Analytics for Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM)
Director of Web Analytics and Optimization
Director, Advanced Analytics
Director, Advanced Analytics, HumanaOne
Director, Advanced Strategic Analytics
Director, Analytic Science
Director, Analytic Strategy
Director, Analytical Services
Director, Analytics
Director, Big Data Analytics and Segmentation
Director, Business Analytics
Director, Business Analytics & Decision Management Strategy
Director, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Pogo
Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics
Director, Business Planning & Analytics
Director, Center for Business Analytics, Stern School of Business
Director, Clinical Analytics
Director, Customer Analytics
Director, Customer Analytics & Pricing
Director, Customer Insights and Business Analytics
Director, Data Analytics
Director, Data Science & Analytics Practice
Director, Data Warehousing & Analytics
Director, Database Marketing & Analytics (Marketing)
Director, DVD BI and Analytics
Director, Gamification Analytics Platform, Information Analytics & Innovation
Director, Global Digital Marketing Analytics
Director, Group Analytics
Director, Head of Forensic Data Analytics
Director, Marketing Analytics
Director, Marketing Analytics for Bing Product Group
Director, Oracle Database Advanced Analytics
Director, Predictive Analytic Applications
Director, Reporting/Analytics
Director, Risk & Analytics
Director, Risk and Business Analytics
Director, Statistical Modeling and Analytics
Director, Statistics and Project Analytics / Senior Analytic Consultant
Director, Strategic Analytics
Director, Web Analytics
Director/Head of Analytics
Director/Principal, Analytics

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Comment by Glenn Strycker on January 29, 2015 at 9:44am

That is, I am a "Sr. Decision Sciences Analyst" in our Decision Sciences dept at Conversant.

Comment by Glenn Strycker on January 29, 2015 at 9:43am

Decision Scientist

Comment by Carol Dowling on January 28, 2014 at 3:22am

Hello Vincent,

Thanks for all your great articles. 

I was hoping you could clarify something which is of importance to me and is likely to be important to your other readers.

Is it accurate  to call myself a data scientist? I have an honors degree in Analytical Science and twleve years experience in the fields of Failure Analysis and Integration Engineering.  For more detail please see my linked in profile ie.linkedin.com/pub/carol-dowling/45/93b/ab9/.

I believe I meet some of the criteria but not all of the criteria. I am working to fill the gaps ( your Data Scientist apprenticeship, online Standford Universities Courses related to Data Science, A Digital Marketing & Social Media Course in the local Institute of Technology)

Data Science is an exciting area with so many possibilities & I would love to be a skilled and experienced  data scientist within the next four years ( or sooner). 

Thank you for your time.

Best regards,


Comment by Zahir Balaporia on June 10, 2013 at 2:59pm

Interesting. But lets not forget that cool titles don't solve problems. When I'm hiring I'm careful of people chasing titles to separate themselves. Call me old fashioned, but all this title hype might get in the way of doing high impact analysis.

Comment by Paul Tsagaroulis on June 8, 2013 at 4:51am

Here is one more to include: Director, Workforce Analytics. The Human Resources function has been analyzing HR data to improve workforce retention, talent development, employee productivity and alignment to strategy. 

Comment by Ralph Winters on June 7, 2013 at 9:33am

This is not all that surprising given that Data Science was coined as the intersection of at least 7 different disciplines, as far as I can see (Statistician, Visualization, Business Analyst, BigData  expert etc.)

So as long as someone has some of these skills in their CV, why NOT call yourself a data scientist?

Comment by Arthur Aguirre on June 5, 2013 at 7:26am

Thanks Vincent... lately you've been a real mind reader - if I'm thinking about an analysis that would be useful, it's not too long before it's posted on DSC.

Comment by John Andrew Kossey on June 4, 2013 at 2:51pm

Vincent, one challenge of title lists is discriminating between univocal and multivocal terms. Univocal terms have a single, unambiguous meaning; multivocal terms have many meanings across audiences and are used in a variety of ways. For example, a systems analyst could be dealing in part with requirements elicitation (a technical term for gathering requirements) or possibly a person who somehow deals with data. Similarly, project managers implicitly work with project data. A big challenge in setting up a project portfolio management system is finding consensus on what constitutes a "project" across a given company.

We might take the assumption that virtually every listed title is likely multivocal and decide to ignore the "massive" ambiguity. A more productive approach would identify and refine titles to become univocal--unambiguous. Emerging disciplines that have become recognized professions have developed taxonomy and thesaurus sets to facilitate communication.

In no way am I trying to minimize the substantial work you have done in compiling working data-science titles. Collectively, we share responsibility to take your effort to the next level by reducing, if not eliminating, ambiguity from multivocal terms and titles we are using in data science. 

Comment by Kostas Tzanas on June 4, 2013 at 12:40pm

Vincent, very interesting issue (being a statistician and dealing with data for 25 yrs I am thrilled with all these queries). Should I call myself Data Scientist? I don't know, but I find it attractive and trendy. Are titles the right way to provide to someone else enough evidence of your expertise or they play mostly a marketing role?

Comment by Vincent Granville on June 4, 2013 at 7:59am

A new addition:  Analytics Evangelist.

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