“I think data-scientist is a sexed up term for a statistician…. Statistics is a branch of science. Data scientist is slightly redundant in some way and people shouldn’t berate the term statistician.”
Nate Silver (applied statistician)
According to Gartner, Data Science is reaching its peak of inflated expectations and is considered to be only 2-5 years away from reaching plateau. It is quite new entry on the Gartner Hype Cycle, introduced in August 2014.