In an increasingly data-driven world, data science is a new type of literacy. It combines tools and techniques for acquiring information and preparing it for analysis that can help you uncover cause and effect, predict outcomes, and to communicate insights to different audiences. The field requires people with creativity, curiosity, training in scientific methods, and journalism/storytelling, in addition to math and statistics.
Data science is now transforming industries beyond the technology industry, in areas such as health care, energy, and transportation. With benefits of data becoming more numerous and widespread, demand for data science and analytics talent is projected to grow by 15 percent by 2020.
With the right skills, you can take the lead in projects that benefit your employer— and/or your own resume. If you are pursuing a degree in liberal arts, business, finance, science, health sciences, or education, data science skills will give you an edge over other candidates competing in today’s challenging job market.
If you are already working, you can add data science skills to your portfolio and offer employers what they need. Data skills double the job prospects for liberal arts graduates and add a $12,000 premium, on average, to starting salaries, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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If you choose to pursue a general studies degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM Core), you can explore the Data Science Certificate plus A.A. Degree Option.
MC offers a wide variety of noncredit courses designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.