Programming Skills Needed to Learn Data Science

Just trying to build a bit of perspective as I’ve seen several data science courses with no programming included. Is it better to learn about data science/AI with some programming knowledge or not? And if so, what programming languages and concepts would it be useful to know for learning about data science?

Type the same question into google and you’ll no doubt found a hoard of opinions. For what it’s worth I’d have to ask why not? I can see only positives for learning some coding when doing data science. I think you’d be limiting your options doing without any programming even if you typically used very high level tools.

There’s several potentially useful languages. If you’ve not coded before then Python is often suggested to start with but once again a brief search would net you numerous options and a veritable flurry of opinions.