The role of a data scientist ranks number one in Glassdoor’s annual survey of the year’s best jobs? This marks the second year in a row that the data scientist is at the top of that list. With the amount of data growing exponentially every day these professionals are needed to sift through and find insights that will help organizations be more efficient and effective with customers, suppliers, and partners.

At the same time, new technologies that once seemed far off, are now poised to automate human analysis and decision making. It’s been six years since IBM’s Watson beat former Jeopardy! champions to win the $1 million prize. Since 2013, Watson has been making utilization management decisions at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where IBM say that 90% of nurses in the field who are using Watson are following its guidance.

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