What people that now work in Analyst / Data Scientist have to say about their experiences.

JobsForAstronomers: What is your current job?
Berian James: I work on the Risk Team at Square Inc in San Francisco

JobsForAstronomers: What is your level of satisfaction with your current job?
Berian James: Very high!

JobsForAstronomers: What qualifications were necessary for obtaining this position?
Berian James: A good deal of statistical expertise for data analysis mixed with strong scripting skills.

JobsForAstronomers: What additional training did you complete in order to be able to perform your duties?
Berian James: I went through the famous Insight Data Science program that bridges academia and industry (http://insightdatascience.com/).

JobsForAstronomers: What was your last academic position before switching fields of work (i.e. PhD student, first/second post-doc etc)?
Berian James: First post-doctoral position, an independent research fellowship at UC Berkeley and the Dark Cosmology Center in Copenhagen. I was 28 when I changed jobs.