New uni courses: the buzz around data isn’t hype

Special report Software engineer, big data platform engineer, information systems developer, data quality director and an eye-watering explosion of related titles are in demand and forecast to be needed for decades. Artists who animate data; creating visualisations that interpret it, aren’t being left behind, either. Dr Lisa Roberts in the UTS Data Arena. Data science and creative ‘data visualisation’ skills are in demand from employers. Photo: William Gladstone Universities are responding, offering new degrees and re-calibrating existing ones for students who have a head for numbers. “There is huge unmet demand in business for these skills and it will be ongoing,” says UNSW Professor Bruce Henry. A new three-year Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions degree at UNSW crosses disciplines, taking in subjects from mathematics and statistics, computer science and engineering…


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