Career Outlook

Studies show that demand for true “Data Scientists” is skyrocketing (McKinsey Global Institute 2013, EAB 2013). Industry and government sectors are increasingly utilizing data analytics to revolutionize their business approaches.

Today’s data scientist requires a cross-disciplinary technical and scientific background that emphasizes mathematics, computer science, and business—the three core fields integrated into the WPI data science degree.

According to a recent market analysis report by McKinsey Company (McKinsey Global Institute), the United States alone faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to understand and make decisions based on the analysis of big data.

Data Science graduates leave WPI as professionals who have expertise in specialized areas such as data mining and warehousing, predictive analytics, statistical modeling, ETL, database infrastructures and data management, machine learning, and more.

Ready and able to make an impact, these graduates are finding jobs from Boston to San Francisco. The top-tier employers by industry segment include financial services, those in education, security, insurance, sciences, government, social media organizations, and large Internet retailers such as eBay and Amazon, Healthcare.