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. These skills and insights are beneficial and potentially transformative for the communities from which these students come. The field requires people with creativity, curiosity, training in scientific methods, and journalism/storytelling, in addition to math and statistics.
The Capitol area provides great opportunities for employment at the federal, state, and local levels of government, industry, private, and not for profit sectors. Nationally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, data scientists and mathematical scientists are reported in the top 15 fastest-growing occupations, which predicts the number of jobs will increase by about 28% through 2026, which is about 11.5 million new jobs in the field.
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.
According to GlassDoor, data scientist salaries in Washington, DC across all industries will have a mean base pay of $109,257/year.
If you are already working, you can add data science skills to your current 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.
Data Science Options
- Data Science Certificate
- Data Science Certificate plus Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies STEM
- Associate of Science in Data Science (starting in Fall 2022)
Data Science Courses
Related Programs and Courses
If you choose to pursue an associate of science in data science degree, starting in Fall 2022, you can explore the Associate of Science in Data Science Degree Option.
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.