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Often the best tool for a job isn't the easiest to learn. Presumably a person who calls themself a "Data Scientist"—or even just a developer—should be able to figure out SQL or take a class. Applied Knowledge is after all what we get paid for.

If you are a professional developer and can't figure out SQL then you don't deserve that 6 figure salary.

Many data scientists are STEM PhDs with research under their belts. This shows they can figure out complex, technical challenges and then translate it into written, persuasive materials. I'd be surprised if most of these highly learned, gritty individuals (1/2 of grad students develop mental health illnesses) could not learn SQL, even if it is tricky/ugly/less user friendly.

I use SQL daily and while it's not ideal, it provides a very reliable foundation upon which R and STATA scripts build.

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