Is Landing a Data Science Job Amid Covid-19 Challenging? Companies Weigh in

As some offices cautiously reopen and resume work, employees are finding themselves in an altered workplace. While tangible measures to enforce social distancing protocols have become a fixture across offices, the fact that fewer employees remain to join work post the lockdown is not lost on anyone.

The uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in the global economy, accelerating an oncoming recession, leading to loss of jobs across industries. However, despite that, some believe that jobs anchored around emerging technologies like AI, big data, etc are still available. If it is true, then landing a data science job amid the Covid-19 pandemic should not be challenging. Companies operating in the space weigh in.

Increased Interest In Data Amid Covid-19

The application of AI and related technologies may have been approached with some trepidation by many, but it seems to have gained wider acceptance amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only advancements in research helped manage the crisis better, businesses have also relied on these technologies to pivot and manage resources as they navigate the effects of the pandemic.

As some offices cautiously reopen and resume work, employees are finding themselves in an altered workplace. While tangible measures to enforce social distancing protocols have become a fixture across offices, the fact that fewer employees remain to join work post the lockdown is not lost on anyone.

The uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in the global economy, accelerating an oncoming recession, leading to loss of jobs across industries. However, despite that, some believe that jobs anchored around emerging technologies like AI, big data, etc are still available. If it is true, then landing a data science job amid the Covid-19 pandemic should not be challenging. Companies operating in the space weigh in.

Affected, But Relatively Less So

While all of the above may be true, there is no contending the fact that recession cannot mean life as usual for any industry, even in data science. And the travesty here is that it is not because these jobs are not critical today, but because they, like other jobs, have fallen prey to cost-cutting measures.

“Given that data science is an evolving field, most of its projects across organisations tend to be strategic in nature, with mid to long-term outcomes,” says Narinder Kumar, COO and Co-founder of TO THE NEW. “In the current pandemic, as organisations scrutinise cash flows, such projects may be put on the backburner,” he adds. According to him, although this may limit some job opportunities in data science, companies which are prudent will retain these jobs since “organisations that spend in data science R&D today will reap its benefits in the not-so-distant future post the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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