Data Analytics tools and techniques are used by many different industries to create, manage, explore, and analyze large, complex datasets, in order to evaluate past performance, predict future trends, and make better decisions. There has been an explosion of demand for skilled data analysts who can communicate, solve problems, and work effectively in teams.
The WSU Data Analytics major, offered jointly by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, is currently available on the Pullman and Everett campuses, with plans to make the degree available via the Global Campus (online) by the fall of 2017.
Explore this website to learn more about the curriculum, career opportunities, people involved, and how to join this exciting, new, transdisciplinary undergraduate degree program at Washington State University.
Data analysts in demand
According to the 2016 U.S. Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan “big data and the field of data science are flourishing. Many surveys and studies have identified a shortage in the number of people with relevant Big Data skill sets and the need for more training and formal education programs in data science.”
The 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey found “data analytics was the most in-demand technology for the second year running.” A 2017 Business-Higher Education Forum report estimated that 2.35 million job postings in 2015 sought Data Analytics skills.
WSU is seeking industry partnerships for all specialization tracks to enhance the WSU student experience and help the program evolve to meet changes in technology, software, and workforce needs. Please contact Corporate and Foundation Relations for more information.