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Beyond the Hype – Salaries, Skills, and Hiring Trends in Data Science

October 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us Monday, October 24th at Metis Chicago to hear from Adam Flugel, Burtch Works’ Data Science Recruiter. He’ll discuss salaries, skills, and hiring trends in data science.

Talk Description:
With hype coming from every angle, the Data Science market can seem pretty nebulous. Even theoretically simple questions like “What is a Data Scientist?” elicit a range of responses – from ignorant to informed, indecisive to indignant. It’s even messier trying to parse out what to expect in terms of salary, what to pay your employees, or who all is actually doing this complex work in the first place.

Open surveys are plagued by the fact that the “Data Scientist” title is being adopted by every professional who has ever used long division or looked at a computer screen, so how do we get the juicy info on the true Data Science market? Perhaps this is a job for a slew of machine learning algorithms, but I prefer my way – talking to practicing Data Scientists all day and getting the story first-hand!

Over the past three years, Burtch Works has created The Burtch Works Studies to examine compensation and demographic characteristics of Data Scientists. The Studies are comprehensive industry reports and have been featured by numerous news media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Mashable, to name a few. Released this April, the 2016 update contains the latest data on 374 data scientists, pulled from our database of 2,200 data scientists, analyzed by career level, industry, geography, education, and more.

Event Schedule: 
6:30 – 7:00: Mingle, Eat, & Drink 
7:00 – 7:30: Adam presents 
7:30 – 8:00: Chat with Adam, attendees, Metis staff, and enjoy more food & drink


Adam Flugel, Burtch Works’ Data Science Recruiter, has been recruiting exclusively for Data Science roles since joining the team in early 2014. He works with clients and candidates in industries ranging from retail to video games to cancer treatment. Adam is an active member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association, and he has presented at universities including Northwestern and Loyola. Last year, he traveled to Boston to present the 2015 Burtch Works Study to the local Data Science community. Before Burtch Works, he studied Psychology and Film at Cornell University, along with some Computer Science for good measure. Check out his January interview with PCWorld!


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October 24, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Metis Chicago
1033 West Van Buren St, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL us


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