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A powerful force in government

How has the Federal Government leveraged data to produce meaningful change?

See how NOAA and other Federal agencies worked together to build a tool that uses data-driven tools to boost climate resiliency. Here, you can find data related to climate change that helps inform and prepare America’s communities, businesses, and citizens. Its impact:

“Through the release of Arctic-themed climate data, the U.S. is demonstrating its leadership in sharing free and open climate-relevant information while also encouraging public innovation and partnerships with private sector entities that are interested in leveraging this data.” ‐ Secretary Sally Jewel

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What does it take to have a career in data science in the Federal Government?

  • Programming

    Knowledge of languages such as SQL, Python, C/C++, Perl, JavaScript, and more make data science candidates more competitive in applying for jobs. Knowing these languages isn’t enough - knowing which tools are right for the problem at hand are helpful, too!

  • Statistical ability

    Successful candidates will be able to perform complex statistical analysis on datasets, including, but not limited to: Data Structures and Database Management, Imputation, Exploratory Data Analysis and Visualization, Regression, Classification, and more.

  • Analytical thinking

    This is an important skill that allows data scientists to approach and visualize business problems analytically, think creatively, evaluate various data science solutions, be innovative in their execution, and articulate these solutions in a meaningful way.

  • Domain knowledge

    Most positions require sector-specific domain knowledge. In the Federal Government, data scientists are needed in many sectors: from Agriculture, Climate, Consumer, and Defense, to Economics, Ecosystems, Education, and more.

Explore the U.S. Government’s open data platform

What kind of data could you be working with in the Federal Government? Use this link to explore data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more from 14 different domains.

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Priyanka Oberoi, a Data Scientist in the Commerce Data Service, uses her expertise to answer tough questions.

“As a Data Scientist in the Commerce Data Service, which is a public startup in the Department of Commerce, I talk to teams across DOC and try to see how data science can be used to answer a question, improve a process, or measure an outcome. Since we are a small team, my responsibilities span the data science pipeline. This is a pretty hands-on process where we try to understand a problem, leverage data, implement statistics, and build something that has an impact. We build data products for teams within the agency, we teach data science courses to DOC employees through the Data Academy, and we push for data usability so our open data gets used by researchers, the private sector and non-profits.” ‐ Priyanka Oberoi

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