Data Science

Data Science is a combination of various data mining tools, algorithms, and machine learning principles with the mission to uncover hidden patterns from raw data. Data Science typically combines different fields of work with statistics and computer science to interpret data to help make decisions and predictions involving organizational processes such as identifying target audiences, and quantifying an organization’s success.

Sample Occupations

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Science Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Research Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Impact Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Market Researcher
  • Database Administrator

Types of Employers

  • Large and medium-sized corporations – Any Industry
  • Nonprofits and Foundations
  • Federal Government
  • State and Local Government
  • Consulting Firms
  • Banking, Finance and Insurance
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Digital Native Companies

Preparing for your career in

Specific Industries: Develop strong analytical and data skills that relate to the target industry, hone your communication and presentation skills to be able to work well with diverse clients, join a professional student organization or serve in roles to develop leadership skills and networking contacts, gain direct exposure through part-time employment, internships, or community engagement.

Foundations and Nonprofits: Develop strong analytical and data skills, gain experience in an internship or part-time opportunity, hone presentation skills, and a firm understanding of how data can be used to implement effective, evidence-based interventions and policies.

Data Analysis: Develop patience and the ability to communicate complex topics in simple terms, gain experience in an internship or part-time opportunity, hone presentation skills, and a firm understanding of machine learning, statistics, data visualization, business intelligence, decision modeling, and network science.

How do I know if its right for me?

ASSESS: Take a career assessment, such as PathwayU, to see how your interests, values, and personality fit with majors and careers.

RESEARCH: Research the careers on this WCIDWAMI and thousands of other careers using O*Net Online, The Occupational Outlook Handbook or FirstHand.

EXPLORE: Learn more about a career field of interest by job shadowing, attending a career panel, or participating in a Career Trek. Further your exploration while gaining valuable skills by completing an internship, co-op, volunteer, or research experience.