Data Science Vs Software Engineering

Manpreet Singh
4 min readApr 11, 2021

Welcome back! Data Science and Software Engineering have their similarities and differences, they both are programming intensive and a lot of the work can be overlapped on both positions. However, let’s discuss the main differences between a Data Scientist and a Software Engineer.

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There are actually quite a few similarities between both fields, they're both programming intensive and they both involve a lot of the same tools. In my personal life, i’ve seen many Software Engineers become Data Scientist and vice versa, so there is quite a bit of overlap between both fields. Let’s take a look at the average salaries between both fields:

On GlassDoor, the average Data Scientist salary is around $114,673 a year:

GlassDoor also mentions that the average Software Engineer salary is around $104,749 a year:

So in terms of a salary stand point, there is actually little difference. To be completely honest, i’ve heard of many people’s salaries being much higher than this for both positions, so I don’t think I would choose one position over the other from a salary stand point.

Available Positions

Another massive thing when looking between these two positions are the available jobs out there, if we take a look at, we can see that they estimate that there are over 24,000 jobs available in the…

Manpreet Singh

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