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 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.