Uncertainty Drives Desire to Improve Big Data Skills

PK Agarwal, Regional Dean and CEO, Northeastern University-Silicon Valley Thousands of data science professionals descended on the San Jose Convention Center, in the heart of Silicon Valley, in late March to learn about the high-demand skills of the future. Some were at the STRATA convention to network; others were there to learn new skills to further their careers in data science. But even with data science being dubbed “the sexiest job of the 21st century,” many attendees shared an uneasy feeling of uncertainty about the future of this fast-moving field. Northeastern University-Silicon Valley conducted a survey at STRATA, the largest annual gathering of statisticians. The results showed that a huge majority of those in attendance (96 percent) thought that acquiring new skills in data analytics would help them with career…


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