I initially become interested in programming about two years ago.
Data....Analyst, Scientist or Engineer
Once I knew that I wanted to work with data I wanted to understand the three main data careers so I could figure out which would be the best fit then I could adjust my study goals accordingly. It's important to understand the differences between Data Analyst, Data Scientist, and Data Engineer. Check out these articles below to help differentiate the fields:
Data Analyst vs. Data Scientist vs. Data Engineer
What's the difference between a data analyst, scientist and engineer?
Then I began reading job descriptions and articles about the field to better understand what I needed to learn. I also recommend reading this article to help you better understand the job variations within the Data Science field: The Seven People you Need on your Big Data Team
Where to begin?
I think its easy to become overwhelmed by this field, especially if you are not already a statistician or programmer. I recommend you work on one skill at a time and become intermediate at it before moving on to the rest of the information you need to learn. I plan on writting a blog on the resources I have found most helpful.
My Next Steps
Next I hope to come up with a project to showcase my Python skills. I have some project ideas, but I need to solidify some of my basic skills so that I can get started on it.