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Do Data Scientists Really Have the Best Job in America?

Getting certified


GCI Database Finger of God tabletBeyond the education that most IT professionals get in programming and statistics courses, there are several certifications and credentials specific to the data scientist role that can help you get the ball rolling on your path to becoming a data scientist.


Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)


The Certified Analytics Professional credential is one of the most widely-recognized vendor-neutral data analysis certifications available. It is offered by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and costs $695 for non-members.


CAP offers accreditation in seven major domains of the data analysis process: business problem framing, analytics problem framing, data, methodology selection, model building, deployment, and lifecycle management. CAP candidates can expect a rigorous, holistic course that covers all major aspects of the data analysis process.


Certificate in Big Data Analytics and Optimization (CPEE): INSOFE


The International School of Engineering (INSOFE) offers an intensive 18-week program featuring 10 courses that cover all of the major topics relating to data science, including data analytics, working with big data, R and Hadoop skills, statistical modeling, machine learning, text mining, and optimization. INSOFE is a world-renowned organization and their certifications are widely-recognized across jurisdictions.


Mining Massive Data Sets Graduate Certificate: Stanford University


The Mining Massive Data Sets Graduate Certificate is a highly sought after credential offered by Stanford. It focuses on teaching students to work with and manipulate large quantities of data into actionable insights and intelligence. The certificate involves learning about powerful techniques and algorithms for extracting data from a wide variety of different types of data sets. Candidates should have basic computer science and data science skills before applying. While the tuition is relatively pricey at $13,440 to $19,800, the incredibly useful skills you learn coupled with the prestige and instant brand recognition of a Stanford certificate make it invaluable to any aspiring data scientist.


Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science


Microsoft offers holistic certification in virtually every aspect of data science. To acquire the certificate, applicants must complete a 9-step program that teaches students everything from data science essentials to understanding statistical models to programming with R for data science. Each one of the courses in the program are affordably priced at $49 per module, making it ideal for aspiring data science professionals who aren’t looking to break the bank to get certified.


Data Science Certification: Coursera


Coursera, through its partnership with John Hopkins University, offers a 10-course data science certification that is ideal for beginners to the field. Each course focuses on covering the essentials of the various components of data science. Furthermore, the certificate is offered for approximately $99 and can be completed in roughly 3 to 6 months.


Best Job in America: Now Hiring YOU


Data Science is a field brimming with opportunity. With data scientists reporting the highest job satisfaction coupled with exceptional salaries, it’s no wonder why data science is rapidly becoming a hot field in IT. With the right certifications, any IT professional can become a data scientist. And land in one of the top-rated occupations in the United States.




Nenad Dumanovic NEWNenad Dumanovic is the founder and principal of Impressify, a PR company that specializes in delivering PR, content marketing, and business writing services for startups, entrepreneurs, and not-for-profits. He is editor-in-chief of Konstantine News, a digital politics magazine launching in April 2016.