There will be a dearth of data-analysts to the tune of 140,000 to 190,000 positions as demand for data analysts will exceed the supply by up to 60 percent by 2018 according to McKinsey Global Institute.
To cull this skill shortage, the Northeastern University, a private non-profit research university based in Massachusetts, U.S., has announced the onset of a series of “interdisciplinary data science programs aimed at training the next generation of data managers and analysts”.
“Understanding and effectively presenting large volumes of data is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities faced by industries today,” points out Bryan Lackaye, assistant dean of graduate programs at Northeastern. “The university’s data science programs were developed to address these emerging and critical needs.”
“We designed the certificate program to appeal to a wide variety of students across the country and even around the world,” explained machine learning expert Nick Beauchamp, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science who assisted in designing the curriculum for the data science certificate. “We want Northeastern to become known as the place where you can learn a wide variety of skills for analyzing Big Data systematically.”
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Graduate certificates in data science and urban informatics and master’s degrees in urban informatics and business analytics form part of the suite which will see expansion into graduate programs in fields like game analytics in the near future.
Slated to begin in either the spring or fall of 2015, the program will see participation from faculties of College of Computer and Information Science, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and students with a bachelor’s degree may apply to the available courses. The courses will be available online or through a combination of online and on-campus instruction, depending on the program.
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