SAS takes steps to address 'critical dearth of data scientists'

The problem will intensify as the internet-of-things accelerates the rate at which new data is generated Lynette Clunies-Ross, SAS

The SAS Academy for Data Science will impart skills in big data management, advanced analytics, machine learning and data visualisation – along with the essential communications skills needed by today’s data scientists.

“SAS certified professionals are in high demand everywhere,” says Lynette Clunies-Ross, chief operating officer at SAS Australia and New Zealand.

There is a worldwide shortage of people with analytical skills and the market here is no exception,” says Clunies-Ross, in a statement.

“Moreover, the problem will intensify as the internet-of-things accelerates the rate at which new data is generated. Decision makers in every sector who are increasingly challenged to exploit their data for valuable insights are hampered by a shortage of talented analytics professionals and data scientists.”

SAS says the first batch of students will start the intensive program of study on August 29 in Sydney.

The course has two distinct levels – the Big Data Professional and the Advanced Analytics Professional. The six-weeks of content in each level combines classroom and live web instruction, hands-on case studies, team projects, coaching and related certification exams.

On successful completion of the certification exams within both levels, students will earn the SAS Certified Data Scientist title.

SAS has been offering other industry recognised training, with more than 100,000 credentials being awarded to individuals in 77 countries.

SAS says certification rates in Australia and New Zealand are currently more than doubling, year-on-year.

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“Our well known leadership in business analytics is such that people with SAS certification very quickly find themselves well paid and rewarding jobs,” says Clunies-Ross.

In addition to the new SAS Academy for Data Science and the standalone certification training modules available at SAS Australia and New Zealand, SAS also has partnerships with many of the region’s top tertiary educational institutions.

These include a Joint Certificate Program with the Melbourne Business School – the graduate business school of the University of Melbourne – which offers a SAS-supported Master of Business Analytics degree and in Massey University and the University of South Australia.

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