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The McKinsey Global Institute predicts that the US will have a shortfall of 140,000 - 190,000 people with critical analytical skills by 2018. 

Open Data Sets

The U.S. Government has nearly 200,000 data sets that are free and open for public use.

Open Science Resources

Open Data Button and Open Source are available to help with your research needs. 

Join the Data Science revolution!


Students receiving the Applied Data Science minor will become fully proficient in all steps of data analysis and will be able to:

  • Define the applied data science question;
  • Identify, locate and/or generate the data (including defining the ideal data set and variables; determining and obtaining accessible data; and cleaning the data in preparation for analysis);
  • Demonstrate exploratory data analysis (start identifying the significant characteristics of the data and information it contains);
  • Demonstrate statistical modeling and prediction (including interpretation of results, challenging results and developing insights and actions);
  • Synthesize the results (in context of the domain);
  • Create reproducible research (including code and datasets, documentation and reports that are easily transferable and verifiable).

The Need

The McKinsey Global Institute predicts:

  • A nationwide shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 workers with “deep analytical skills”;
  • A deficit of 1.5 million managers capable of using big data analytics for actionable insights in their decision-making;
  • A 40 percent annual growth in global data; and
  • A $300 billion in potential value-add of data analytics to the nation‘s health care industry alone.

Other predictions by Gartner Inc. indicate that:

  • By 2015, 4.4 million information technology jobs globally will be created to support data science and analytics, generating 1.9 million IT jobs in the U.S.;
  • The U.S. government anticipates a shortage of about 50,000 qualified workers in health Information Technology between 2010 and 2015. Healthcare companies are increasingly borrowing technology specialists from other industries.


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