"Data literacy is now a baseline expectation in jobs of all kinds," said Christian Chabot, Co-founder and Chairman of Tableau. "Perhaps the greatest challenge we face as an industry is training and nurturing the next generation of data talent. These are the people who will go on to change schools, doctor's offices, businesses, governments, and more, thanks to data. Our hope is that this report will help spur further investment and interest from academia and industry to train the next generation of data workers."
More than five years ago, global business consultancy McKinsey predicted a shortage of as many as 1.5 million managers and workers with analytics know-how by 2018, noting that data skills were becoming a pervasive need in all kinds of jobs. This trend has continued, as organizations in all industries clamor to hire more data-proficient talent.
Administrators at American universities echoed this, and noted that they are moving to address this need.
"We will continue to invest in analytics-focused programs, and expect that other universities will do the same," said Dr. Michael Hasler, Senior Lecturer and MS in Business Analytics Program Director at the University of Texas at Austin Red McCombs School of Business. "Students entering the workforce today are at a disadvantage if they do not possess at least basic data skills. Our investments in analytics programs are a direct response to the needs from industry to hire people with basic and advanced data skills alike."
Other findings of the report include:
- Analytics programs tend to cluster geographically near the locations of analytics jobs. The top markets in the United States for analytics programs are New York City, NY; Seattle, Wash.; Pittsburgh, Penn.; Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; and Los Angeles, Calif.
- Statistics and informatics programs are the most commonly-offered analytics programs, making up about 65 percent of the total.
- More than half (52 percent) of all analytics programs were created after 2010, with business analytics programs in particular growing the fastest. Thirty-two percent of programs focused on business intelligence and business analytics were created after 2010.
- The majority of analytics programs are offered as majors, rather than minors or certificate programs. However, instructors indicated that analytics certificate diplomas have seen the largest growth in recent years.
To read entire report, visit tableau.com/data-education-2016.
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