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Data Scientist Vs. Data Analyst: Which one fits you?

You may have heard the terms “data scientist” and “data analyst” mentioned before.

Though there is a lot of fight between the two fields. The main difference is how much they rely on machine learning. In general, data analytics contains everything from collecting data to spotting trends to communicating insights.

Data science is a broader field that includes data analytics and sometimes involves making predictions with tools like machine learning or conducting experiments with data.

A lot of companies collect large amounts of data. Most of those companies benefit from the data that helps them make decisions and future predictions, though some companies might be required to implement algorithms that will help in analyzing the data and giving insights

What is Data Science?

Data science is really a broad field that includes data analytics. It covers concepts like working with big data, making predictions with machine learning, and developing artificial intelligence.

Data Scientists implement algorithms to recognize patterns in new information, automate data processes, and also make recommendations based on past behavior.

They work on the implementation of things like creating chatbots, foreseeing the financial future, detecting tumors in X-ray images, and often making suggestions of things you might like.

Tools and languages used in Data Science

Data Scientists commonly use SQL and Python or R. Python’s popularity among Data Scientists has been growing as more libraries are created that focus on working with data. But Python isn’t the only language, and depending on what industry you go into, you might need to pick up other data science languages.

What is data analytics?

Data analytics is mostly useful in helping organizations, companies, and individuals in making decisions based on data. Some good applications of data analytics are:

  • How housing cost can affect certain regions,
  • Help health institutions analyze medical results and disease trends,
  • Website page visits can give information on market distribution,
  • Education institutions get to know students' score trends among other applications.

Data analytics helps in finding patterns and information from the large quantity of data organizations have. Data analysts work on sharing actionable insights in visuals and reports based on data.

According to the market trends and needs, there are more jobs for data analysts because most companies need to put the collected data to work and help in decision-making and coming up with marketing strategies.

Tools and languages used in Data Analytics

Generally, Data Analysts use SQL and Python or R. SQL interacts with data housed inside databases, and Python and R analyze and graph the data to show trends and patterns


Having distinguished the difference between the two Data Science and Data analysis. Ask yourself, what field between Data Science and Data analysis do you fit into, or would you like to venture into?

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