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New York Times Story Highlights "Hot New Field" of Data Sciences


The New York Times recently featured a story about the "hot new field" of Data Sciences and the increase in the number of related degree programs offered by Universities. The article points out the multidisciplinary nature of this new field - touching on statistics, analytics, mathematics, and computer science, among other subjects - and the subsequent need for Universities to develop new curriculums accordingly.

"Universities can hardly turn out data scientists fast enough. To meet demand from employers, the United States will need to increase the number of graduates with skills handling large amounts of data by as much as 60 percent, according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute. There will be almost half a million jobs in five years, and a shortage of up to 190,000 qualified data scientists, plus a need for 1.5 million executives and support staff who have an understanding of data."

Read the full article on the New York Times website.

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