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Data science is a well-paid job, it's in high demand, and it's becoming increasingly sought-after. The best way to become a data scientist is to learn languages and frameworks like Python, R, SQL, Hive, Pig, MongoDB, Cassandra, HBase, Hadoop, Spark, etc. The more experience you have, the more confident you'll feel in going after your goals. Don't pad your resumes thinking that it will get them further than work. Instead of trying to make yourself look like the perfect candidate on paper.