What is data science? A method for turning data into value

Data science is a method for transforming business data into assets that help organizations improve revenue, reduce costs, seize business opportunities, improve customer experience, and more.

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For further information about data scientist skills, see "What is a data scientist? A key data analytics role and a lucrative career," and "Essential skills and traits of elite data scientists."

Data science training

Given the current shortage of data science talent, many organizations are building out programs to develop internal data science talent.

Bootcamps are another fast-growing avenue for training workers to take on data science roles.

For more details on data science bootcamps, see "17 best data science bootcamps for boosting your career."

Data science degrees

According to US News and World Report, these are the top graduate degree programs in data science:

  • Master of Science in Statistics: Data Science at Stanford University
  • Master of Information and Data Science: Berkeley School of Information
  • Master of Computational Data Science: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Master of Science in Data Science: Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Master of Science in Data Science: University of Washington
  • Master of Science in Data Science: John Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering
  • MSc in Analytics: University of Chicago Graham School

Data science certifications

Organizations need data scientists and analysts with expertise in techniques for analyzing data. They also need big data systems architects to translate requirements into systems, data engineers to build and maintain data pipelines, developers who know their way around Hadoop clusters and other technologies, and system administrators and managers to tie everything together. Certifications are one way for candidates to show they have the right skillset.

Some of the top big data and data analytics certifications include:

  • Analytics: Optimizing Big Data Certificate
  • Certificate in Engineering Excellence Big Data Analytics and Optimization (CPEE)
  • Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences
  • Certified Analytics Professional
  • Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA) Administrator
  • Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA) Data Analyst
  • Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA) Spark and Hadoop Developer
  • Cloudera Certified Professional (CCP): Data Engineer
  • EMC Proven Professional Data Scientist Associate (EMCDSA)
  • IBM Certified Data Architect – Big Data
  • IBM Certified Data Engineer – Big Data
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Management and Analytics
  • Mining Massive Data Sets Graduate Certificate
  • MongoDB Certified DBA Associate
  • MongoDB Certified Developer Associate
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11 Certified Implementation Specialist
  • SAS Certified Big Data Professional
  • SAS Certified Data Scientist Using SAS 9
  • Stanford Data Mining and Applications Graduate Certificate

For more information about big data and data analytics certifications, see "19 big data certifications that will pay off," and "15 data science certifications that will pay off."

This story, "What is data science? A method for turning data into value" was originally published by CIO.

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