Bill Howe of UW CSE and the UW eScience Institute gets the last word in the article:
“The question, said Bill Howe, who teaches data science at the University of Washington, is whether it is even possibleto instill in a single person all the skills needed, from statistics to predictive modeling to business strategy. The university’s offerings range from a free online course on Coursera to a nine-month certificate program to a Ph.D. track in Big Data.
“‘It remains to be seen,’ he said, ‘but we’re still of the mind that a curriculum that aims to train data scientists is feasible.’ He added: ‘What employers want is someone who can do it all.'”