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Here’s a Retail Job That’s Still in High Demand: Data Scientist

  • Brick-and-mortar chains look to number crunchers as saviors
  • Job postings for the position have reached an all-time high
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Photographer: Caitlin OHara/Bloomberg

Despite an onslaught of bankruptcies, store closures and layoffs, there’s one retail job that’s still in hot demand: data scientists.

The battle against e-commerce is putting new pressure on brick-and-mortar retailers to fix up stores and deliver a more pleasant experience for shoppers. And that means studying data -- lots and lots of data. Department-store chains and other businesses have tons of information that they could use to refine their customer service and get more revenue from shoppers; they just need someone to help them go through it.