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I agree with you, but I think data science has the perception of more money and prestige. While senior software engineers often get I paid more, I do believe that data scientists have more opportunity to be involved in strategy and business decisions, which can help one get more exposure to high ranking employees. But this is not always the case.

Data scientists do have opportunities to work with management, but the realities of working with MBAs can be surprising. I found myself reading corporate finance textbooks to be able to fully participate when I started in data science.

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