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Do Analysts write code 5 years from now?- DSBoost #41
How coding aspects of the Data jobs are changing?
No-code tools are all around us. Hundreds of new GPT applications and models are coming out every week. Are these powerful enough, to swipe out coding from the Data jobs?
BI Tools are becoming drag-and-drop applications, where a high schooler can create basic dashboards. Combining that with GPT models and some well-formed prompts, the output can be on the Junior Data Analyst level easily.
GPT can write simple SQL or Python code in seconds. If you tried writing code with AI, then I’m sure that you felt that it would easily take over coding soon.
Will analysts write code 5 years from now?
They probably will, but not in the same way we do today.
Will it take our job then?
My answer is definitely not. (At least in the short run - 5 years)
Here are some reasons why:
Interpretability: Writing code or creating dashboards are just a small part of Data jobs. Communicating the results, placing them into a business context, and making decisions based on those results are other. That’s something that we don’t want to give into AI’s hands in the near future. Even if coding will change, Analysts will stay at least for this reason.
Maintenance: No code tools are great in the first 5 minutes. But as soon as something changes they will crash. With code, you can make them foolproof and easier to maintain.
Flexibility: No-code tools are restricted. They cannot think outside the box. If you want to be creative, you need the flexibility that code can provide. To further strengthen this part, AI lives in the same box. It’s hard to step out using only AI.
Data pipeline: The above-mentioned tools only provide solutions to some small parts of the data pipeline. They work really well with cleaned data that are ready to publish. But what about the previous steps? The data collection, cleaning, and preparation are still out there to solve and these are the harder tasks usually.
Even though coding is a big part of a Data job today, your future career will not depend on how writing code will change in the future!
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