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Become a Data Scientist

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In this path, you’ll start with data science fundamentals, then dive deeper into drawing predictions with machine learning and even building neural networks.

About this Career Path

  • Organize complex data: Use NumPy, pandas, and SQL to talk to databases and manipulate tables.
  • Dive into machine learning: Create models that can automate processes, recognize patterns, and make recommendations.
  • Prepare for your career: Get job-ready with portfolio projects and more.


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Projects you’ll build

Predict Credit Card Fraud

Use Logistic Regression to predict credit card fraud.

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Handwriting Recognition using K-Means

In this project, you will be using K-Means clustering and scikit-learn to cluster images of handwritten digits.

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Predict Baseball Strike Zones With Machine Learning

Calculate and visualize MLB player strike zones based on their real data.

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Career Path

Data Scientist: Machine Learning Specialist

In the world of data science, Machine Learning Specialists use algorithms to make predictions and solve problems. Get the specialized skills and portfolio you need to start your career as a Machine Learning Data Scientist in this curated career path.

Includes Python 3, SQL, pandas, scikit-learn, Matplotlib and more

Write live code, build projects, and practice for interviews

Finish in 35 weeks with a professional certification

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Welcome to the Data Scientist: Machine Learning Specialist Path

Discover what you will learn on your journey to becoming a Data Scientist: Machine Learning Specialist!


Principles of Data Literacy

Discover the world of data in this fully conceptual course where you will learn how to think about, visualize, and analyze data.


Learn SQL

Learn SQL — a popular language that’s used for communicating with databases and working with data.


Python Fundamentals for Data Science (Part I)

Build a foundation in programming with Python with a focus on Data Science!


Python Fundamentals for Data Science (Part II)

Continue building your Python Skills while applying them to real data science challenges including finding and working with real data.


Portfolio Project: U.S. Medical Insurance

Use your understanding of Python syntax to sort and analyze data about U.S. medical insurance costs!


Python Pandas for Data Science

Learn how to use the Python pandas library and lambda functions for Data Science.


27 units • 59 projects • 81 lessons

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Computer Science

Learn Computer Science fundamentals, build a professional portfolio, and prepare for an entry-level role in tech.

Career Path

Beginner friendly, 82 lessons

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Reach your career goals with Codecademy Pro

Practice for the interview with common questions and real coding challenges.

Technical interview prep

Career services

Explore career options and connect with employers that are hiring for in-demand jobs.


Test specific skills needed for top tech careers.

Professional certifications

Prove your expertise to yourself and prospective employers.