Colleges ramping up data analytics degrees to meet big data challenge


Jobs in the data analytics field are growing every day. The reason so many of them are left unfilled is because, up until now, there has been no formal education process for IT pros who want to get into the field, Tech Republic reports.

Most college programs that help prepare people for data analytics are in the business field. Subjects like statistics and probabilities are not on the curriculum for an IS major.

The good news is that colleges and universities worldwide are gearing up their business analytics, machine learning and other programs that are aimed at analysis of business data.

One of the most recent colleges to join the drive is Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. The Humana Foundation is providing a multi-year gift totaling $1 million that will allow Bellarmine to hire a leader for the institute to develop and oversee the program.

As Dr. Joseph J. McGowan, Bellarmine’s president, said, “In addition to educating the skilled technology workers needed to manage the flow of Big Data, Bellarmine’s liberal arts curriculum positions us to prepare the next generation of leaders and decision makers for a region and world where corporations, governments, educators and non-profits will thrive or perish based on their ability to understand and use Big Data.  Data literacy is part of a liberal arts education.”

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