While speaking at the data science congress summit 2018, in Mumbai, Rajeshwari Aradhyula, chief people officer at Fractal Analytics highlighted the key behavioral skills of a data scientist – perseverance and curiosity.

Perseverance – Getting insights out of data requires a great deal of perseverance, and the results come out after a lot of efforts of playing with the data. Getting all the data together, and ensuring that its accurate, complete and appropriate in the first place requires humongous efforts and time. It is important to stick with the problem until data reveals the insights.

Curiosity – Building insights from data requires subject matter knowledge, which, unlike technical and statistical skills, cannot be taught in schools. These have to be developed over time through experience and requires an intrinsic curiosity to understand business.