Professional & Continuing Studies

Need for data specialists is on the rise

Mastering Data Science and Statistical Analysis Information Session March 26

In a study commissioned by Bentley University, job analytics firm Burning Glass reviewed millions of employment listings posted on more than 40,000 online sites and determined that big data was the technical skill with the greatest increase in demand, 3,977 percent, from 2011 to 2015.

Five years after producing a report highlighting the transformational potential of big data in 2011, the McKinsey Global Institute issued “The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world” and remains convinced that this potential has not been oversold. The report stated, “The volume of data continues to double every three years as information pours in from digital platforms, wireless sensors and billions of mobile phones. Data storage capacity has increased, while its cost has plummeted. Data scientists now have unprecedented computing power at their disposal, and they are devising ever more sophisticated algorithms.”

Addressing the opportunities revealed by these and other reports, the University of Delaware has several graduate and continuing education programs preparing students to capitalize on the urgent need for data specialists. Undergraduates considering graduate school, working professionals looking to advance in or change their careers, and anyone else looking to learn more about UD’s offerings in applied statistics, bioinformatics, business analytics, cybersecurity, data analytics, data science, statistics, and GIScience and environmental data analytics is encouraged to attend a free Mastering Data Science and Statistical Analysis Information Session on March 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in the Tower at STAR Audion at 100 Discovery Blvd. on the Newark campus. Guests will be able to meet the faculty and check out some examples of the work being done in these programs.

To register, or for more information, visit pcs.udel.edu/data-info-session, email continuing-ed@udel.edu, or call 302-831-7600. RSVPs by March 22 are appreciated.