Addressing the data skills gap with bootcamps

Bootcamps focusing on data science aim to set students up for workplace success

data-scienceThe NYC Data Science Academy is conducting a series of training it calls data science “bootcamps.”

These full-time bootcamps accept talented students from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) backgrounds and equip them with the skills they need to hit the ground running as data scientists on day one.

Data science bootcamps are separated from universities by offering more hands-on skills, real work experience, industry connections, and job placement.

MGI reports a predicted shortage of 190,000 skilled data scientists, and 1.5 million managers capable of implementing big data insights by 2018 (Big Data: The Next Frontier).

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There is a critical shortage of data scientists, and these bootcamps are creating a pool of talent as an immediate resource for employers who know they must quickly ramp up their predictive analytics or be left behind.

NYC Data Science Academy offers a 12-week program with intensive instruction in R, Github, D3.js, Python, Hadoop and even hardware–Raspberry pi.

All bootcamps offer Python, a computer science language but NYC Data Science Academy stands out by offering R, a statistical language that businesses use the most, and the highest paid skill for data scientists, according the O’Reilly. NYC Data Science Academy also trains its students in Hadoop, a specialized language for very large data sets.

Data science is set to be a $50 billion industry by 2017, according to Forbes Magazine, and companies are in a fierce race to keep up with their competitors (Big Data is Big Market). Many employers may not yet be aware of the talent pool available from these bootcamps where specialized practical training is being designed to address their specific business concerns.

NYC Data Science Academy not only trains students for a career in data science, but it also connects and places students with employers looking to use data science to expand and improve their business.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione