Data scientist: Most 'in demand' job of the century?

“Pretty short-term tenures are common, so if you want to hang onto them, you need to do all the usual things: pay them well, give them stock options, and interesting work. They do not like to be micromanaged — give them a ‘long leash’.” Thomas Davenport, Harvard Business School professor, is talking about what he calls the “most in-demand job” of the century: the data scientist.

Two months ago, a Harvard Business Review article he co-wrote with DJ Patil grabbed a lot of attention for stating that data scientist is “the sexiest job of the 21st century”.