The field of data science has emerged in response to the increased data abundance in industry, science, and engineering. The toal amount of data created, captured, copied, and consumed globally is forecast to increase exponentially. Through 2025 global data creation is projected to grow to more than 180 zettabytes.
Data science is a rapidly growing occupational opportunity. Accordingly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts 36% growth in employment for data scientists from 2021 to 2031. The median annual wage for data scientists was $100,910 in May 2021.
To respond to the opportunities in this burgeoning field, the College of Computing is pleased to announce the addition of a Bachelor of Science in Data Science program. The new program began accepting students this fall. Associate Professor Laura Brown is the director of the new program.
The Michigan Tech Data Science B.S. program delivers a broad-based education in data science fundamentals, data mining, predictive analytics, communication, and ethics. Students will gain a competitive edge through a technical focus area in software engineering, cybersecurity, statistics, or business technology. Students also have the freedom to explore and develop their own interests in one or more domains.