What’s it like to be a research scientist/data scientist in industry?
I’ll expand on my short answer, which is in the next paragraph.
- ETS (non-profit running tests like the GRE and TOEFL)
- Nuance (speech products, often on contract to undisclosed big company)
- Thomson Reuters (broad spectrum information provider)
- Digital Operatives (subcontractor to the security industrial complex)
- Facebook Applied AI. (trying to suppress “harmful content”)
- Facebook Linguistic Engineering (linguistic data and processes FTW)
- LivePerson (chatbot services and products for Fortune 500-ish clients)
- LexisNexis (information with a legal flavor, mostly for lawyers)
If you are a student now you are acquiring skills that will please and amaze people who are in business.
- Communication. Do as much as you can, to as many audiences as you can, orally and in writing.
- Evidence. There is great value in collecting evidence and using it to change your mind when you turn out to be wrong.
- Persistence. Dealing with the fact that the original plan didn’t work as expected, but the problem still needs solving.