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BrainStation is now offering a part-time Data Analytics course online and at our campuses in New York, Toronto and Vancouver.
The intensive course is designed to help working professionals boost and build their skills to help them stand out in today’s competitive job market.
If you’re undecided about whether further education is right for you, consider these reasons why a Data Analytics certification is worth it.
Demand for Data Analytics Skills is High
Whether you’re already in the Data Analytics field or considering crossing over, this is a wonderful time for job-seekers.
In its 2017 report The Quant Crunch: How the Demand for Data Science Skills is Disrupting the Job Market, IBM predicted that the number of jobs for U.S. data professionals would grow from 364,000 to 2,720,000 by 2020.
Further, the study found that jobs in data analytics and data science remain open five days longer than average, that demand for data professionals is projected to grow 39 percent, and that the fastest-growing roles in this sphere are data scientists and advanced analysts.
Is it any surprise that data specialists are so highly coveted? After all, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily, and that pace is only quickening. The International Data Corporation’s 2017 forecast predicted that revenues for big data and business analytics would reach $150.8 billion worldwide, a 12.4 percent increase over 2016.
Simply put, there has never been a better time to be a data professional.
Employers Want Up-To-Date Data Training
The world of big data has changed at such a breakneck pace, most employers are not just prioritizing the quality of a candidate’s training, but also how recently it was attained.
According to IT research firm Foote Partners, certified data skills have gained value of late, with 74 skills and certifications relating to data analytics rising in average value by six percent in 2015, followed by 116 skills and certifications climbing another 4.8 percent in 2016.
That aligns with what hiring experts are hearing from companies looking to hire data professionals.
“I think the perception is that talent that have the theoretical knowledge in terms of education are easy for companies to identify and hire,” said Shaun Lemmer, partner/consultant at Benchmark Tech Recruitment.
“Any time would be a good time to get a data analytics certification. It shows a potential employer a bona fide level of interest in the industry and the skill set, and as well, continued education demonstrates work ethic and commitment.”
Technical Competency Determines Compensation
Even if you’re already working in the data field, boosting your skill set could bump up your salary.
According to IBM’s report, data and analytics professionals with MapReduce expertise bring home an average annual income of $115,907. Similarly, professionals with experience using Apache Pig, Hive, and Hadoop are in the market for jobs that average over $110,000 per year.
Expanding your education by pursuing a Data Analytics certification could thus not just help you get the job, but get a better job. It’s particularly important for data professionals who have been on the job for a while and might not have recent training with all of the latest tools.
“If someone is retooling and considering a career change, getting a certification would be paramount to opening up doors,” Lemmer said.
As it turns out, that number of career changers could be massive. IBM’s report noted that if its forecast supply of 2.8 million “analytically savvy” workers turns out to be correct, nearly every one of those workers would have to change jobs annually to fill the required data analytics and data science positions.
Find out what you’re missing
Thriving as a data analyst requires technical skills, problem-solving prowess, a mind for numbers, and a flair for visual design. If you’re less than confident in any one of those areas, pursuing a certification could help you become a more well-rounded professional and identify blind spots you didn’t realize you had.
BrainStation’s Data Analytics course, for instance, begins with the fundamentals of data collection and essential statistics, before giving students a chance to gain hands-on experience building databases, querying databases using SQL, and creating dynamic, powerful and persuasive visualizations with the industry-standard Tableau platform.
Ready to get started? You can enroll now in BrainStation’s Data Analytics course.