There is a meme you will see floating around the internet that comes in many forms, one version is shown in the header image above. It is part of the vague internet resistance to this new occupation. The response is somewhat justified, Data Scientist is a job title that requires no specific qualification, and garners differing opinions on what the core skill set is.
In spite of the fuzzy definition of the job there are good reasons that this new occupation exists. To understand those reasons we first need to clear up the misunderstanding that lies at the core this meme.