I try to hire individuals that are really capable across the board. They can get into the data but they can also be salesmen and get in front of clients and actually promote stuff.
Once you realize that I’m interested in literally everything about your background except how well you program, it changes the game for how you think about the employment market.
I’ve seen them pull from literature and anthropology and philosophy and economics and sociology on top of statistics and math and computer science. The best data scientists are going to have a well-roundedness to them that no MOOC could ever provide with an introduction to Hadoop and R and a tutorial on Random Forest.