What is data science? Transforming data into value

Data science is a method for transforming business data into assets that help organizations improve revenue, reduce costs, seize business opportunities, improve customer experience, and more.

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For further information about data scientist skills, see "What is a data scientist? A key data analytics role and a lucrative career," and "Essential skills and traits of elite data scientists."

Data science training

Given the current shortage of data science talent, many organizations are building out programs to develop internal data science talent.

Bootcamps are another fast-growing avenue for training workers to take on data science roles. For more details on data science bootcamps, see "15 best data science bootcamps for boosting your career."

Data science degrees

According to US News and World Report, these are the top graduate degree programs in data science:

  • Master of Science in Statistics: Data Science at Stanford University
  • Master of Information and Data Science: Berkeley School of Information
  • Master of Science in Data Science: Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Master of Science in Analytics: University of Chicago Graham School
  • Master of Computational Data Science: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Master of Science in Data Science: University of Washington
  • Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science: Duke University
  • Master of Applied Data Science: University of Michigan School of Information

Data science certifications

Organizations need data scientists and analysts with expertise in techniques for analyzing data. They also need big data architects to translate requirements into systems, data engineers to build and maintain data pipelines, developers who know their way around Hadoop clusters and other technologies, and system administrators and managers to tie everything together. Certifications are one way for candidates to show they have the right skillset.

Some of the top big data and data analytics certifications include:

  • Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences
  • Certified Analytics Professional
  • Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA) Data Analyst
  • EMC Proven Professional Data Scientist Associate (EMCDSA)
  • MapR Certified Data Analyst
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Management and Analytics
  • SAS Certified Data Scientist Using SAS 9

For more information about big data and data analytics certifications, see "7 data analytics certifications that will pay off," and "15 data science certifications that will pay off."

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