Despite the hype and confusion surrounding data science, the need for people who can interpret data to help organizations make informed business decisions is very real. But what is required to be successful in this role, and how does someone get started on the path to becoming a data scientist?

In an interview with Information Management, data scientist Irmak Sirer discusses the realities and necessities of data science. Sirer is also instructing a 12-week data science boot camp offered through a partnership between test preparation organization Kaplan and Chicago-based data science and design firm Datascope. Boot camps, he explains, are one of the three main routes people can choose to begin a data science career.

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