11. Do you want to be a scientist?
If the answer is yes then data science is most definitely not for you. Even though you will take on the name data scientist, you will not be a scientist, nor will you practice science or the scientific method. If you are interested in hypothesis generation and testing, DOE, notebooking/publishing results, or any aspect of science besides data analysis you should reconsider your intention to become a data scientists. Ask yourself this question; would I rather work in a low key job, and make way less money then I deserve, but get to wear a lab coat, or would I rather work in a high profile, high paying job, but not get to wear a lab coat. For me #1 was the obvious choice, but I love lab coats. If you don’t love them as much as I do, stick with data science. You won’t be a scientists, or get to wear a lab coat, but you will get piles of money.