Career Outlook

Data Pays Off: Impressive Career Outlook for Graduates  

Data Science is attracting a lot of attention in the marketplace because of its high-demand; there is a shortage of data scientists globally. And with companies becoming more and more invested in finding out exactly what drives customers to—or away from—their product, what the data says can increase consumer interest and maximize efficiency within the company.  

Such a valuable skill is exactly what data scientists at WPI are trained for. Our graduates fill the roles that organizations all over the world are seeking: computer scientists, data miners, and mathematicians at heart with a knack for business, communication, and leadership (Violino 2014).  

And with deep connections to industry as a cornerstone of the program and just a short commute to Boston, WPI graduates are well-positioned to launch their careers right out of the program.  

What is the average Data Science Salary?

  • Big Data Scientist                         $123,000
  • Lead Data Scientist                      $108,000
  • Senior Data Scientist                    $112,000
  • Application Developer Analyst      $92,000
  • Data Developer                             $71,000,-Data-Mining.html

For more updated Data Science Employment Figures

Where are the jobs?

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Boston
  4. Seattle
  5. Texas

(Louis 2014)    

Works Cited    

Bednarz, Ann. “Big Data, Big Pay: 10 Data Jobs with Climbing Salaries.” Network World. March 18, 2014. Accessed January 18, 2015.  

Columbus, Louis. “Where Big Data Jobs Will Be In 2015.” Forbes. December 29, 2014. Accessed January 18, 2015.  

Ide, Ian. “Big Data: Career Opportunities Abound in Tech's Hottest Field.” Mashable. October 5, 2014. Accessed January 18, 2015.  

Platt, John R. “Landing a Job in Big Data.” IEEE. September 8, 2014. Accessed January 18, 2015.  

Violino, Bob. “The Hottest Jobs In IT: Training Tomorrow's Data Scientists.” Forbes. June 26, 2014. Accessed January 18, 2015.

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Career Outlook

McKinsey Global Institute reports that there will be a shortage of 140,000-190,000 data science jobs by 2018 in the U.S. alone (Violino 2014). WinterWyman’s reported seeing a “300% increase in demand for data scientists and engineers” from 2013-14 (Ide 2014).