While the concept of data science has been around for decades, the notion of a data scientist has become an in-demand career leading to a rise of a new generation of data scientists.
Proliferation of sensors, mobile and social trends provide explosive growth of new types of data. Data scientists are creating the tools that can be used to interpret and help translate the streams of information into innovative new products.
Social media platforms such as Facebook depend on data science to create innovative, interactive features that encourage users to get interested and stay that way
Here is a visual walk-through of this concept and the role of the data scientist.