Data scientists see messy, disorganized data as a major hurdle preventing them from doing what they find most interesting in their jobs: predictive analysis and data mining for behavioral patterns and future trends, according to a new report from CrowdFlower, a data enrichment platform provider.

A majority of the 153 CrowdFlower online research panel members surveyed (80%) also acknowledged the skills shortage within their field. The respondents work for companies of varied sizes and sectors, mostly in the U.S. All respondents have the term “data scientist” in their job title or job description on LinkedIn, CrowdFlower says.

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