Data science, blending data with algorithm development and technology to solve complex analytical problems, has been called the sexiest job of the 21st century.
“A data scientist has to understand how to use appropriate tools in a given situation,” says Colleen Hoover, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and department chair at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. “They have to be able to dive in and really understand the question being asked and which tools across the fields of mathematics, computer science, and statistics they will need to answer those questions.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in mathematical science occupations will grow 27.9 percent from 2016 to 2026, (over 50,000 new jobs), much faster than other occupations. Employers need experts to analyze raw data into useful information to solve modern business problems.
Saint Mary’s College offers a master of science in data science program, a professional science master’s (PSM) program, helping graduate students understand the algorithms of data mining, processing, and visualization, along with important professional skills like communication and project management.
Focused on the theoretical foundations of mathematics, computer science, and statistics, the program allows graduates to adapt and evolve as software and technology changes. The goal is for students to be able to know, use, and create analytical tools.
“The ability to gather, manipulate, and interpret data is an essential skillset in today’s workplace,” says Samuel Rohr, Ph.D., assistant professor of management at Saint Mary’s. “Not only do our students learn those essential skills but they learn how to make sound, ethical decisions based on the information.”
Saint Mary’s students use data analysis tools they learned in class to engage in a real-world practicum, such as developing databases or predictive models. Students get support from professors, peers, and other resources.
“Our program will give you the skills you need to stand out; you’ll gain the mathematical and computational depth needed to refine the analytical tools others simply know how to use,” says Kristin Kuter, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and computer science at Saint Mary’s.
Students from Saint Mary’s data science program graduate with the skills and confidence to solve complex data problems, significant advantages in competitive job market.
Visit Saint Mary’s College online to learn more about the value of a date science degree.
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