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Data scientist


What is a data scientist and what do they do?

This role will focus on the solving of complex business problems using machine learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and software development. This is done through the use of data wrangling and manipulation techniques (processing, cleansing and analysing structured and unstructured data to discover trends and patterns). Thereafter, the research and implementation of custom models and machine learning algorithms for classification, regression and for carrying out tasks associated with data quality, model explainability, among others, is carried out. To do this, the data scientist will have worked with open-source data science libraries and understand how to apply them to various problem types. They will also integrate technologies that provide an end-to-end solution, eg from data collection to visualisation.


While the accountancy profession offers diverse career options and paths, the core capabilities required to perform at the highest standards remain the same - irrespective of skill level or job role.

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Continuing professional development at ACCA

A commitment to life-long learning is a vital part of your ACCA membership; it unlocks the full potential of your career choices - and drives forward the profession.

We deliver a wide range of CPD resources tailored to different areas of expertise - and an ever-changing profession. Our, and your, commitment to quality CPD ensures you will have the most up-to-date skills to perform at the highest standard. 

So, get started (or restarted) and take a look at our curated list of the most relevant CPD resources to secure and succeed in this role.

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Certificate in Data Analytics (CertDA)

It’s essential for today’s businesses to use data to make informed decisions, improve efficiencies, reduce costs and lower risk. Data analytics create great value and assist in solving complex business issues, playing a vital role in business success.

ACCA’s Certificate in Data Analytics demystifies analytics and empowers you with the knowledge to make data-driven decisions.

The certificate is aimed at professionals who wish to enhance their careers by developing an understanding of data capabilities and the techniques available for data analytics.

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How does the ACCA qualification support this job role?

From a combination of exams, ethics and experience, the ACCA Qualification will boost your employability and performance at every stage of your career journey.

Here we have listed some elements of the ACCA Qualification that will help you perform at the highest standard in this job role.