I have seen two opinions expressed online:
You have to go straight for data science, because you cannot transition from data analyst to data science, since the data scientist are working more closely with the software engineers and data engineers and it is like an entirely different department.
It is incredibly difficult to break into data science, you are better off going into a data analyst job first and then transitioning into data science.
Option A or Option B? For people who have finished the data science career path?