12/08/2021

Categories: Computing, Undergradute

Why the World Desperately Needs More Data Scientists

If you have excellent computing and data analysis skills, the world needs you. So dont delay in applying!

The University of Boltons BSc Hons Computing (Data Analyst) degree is ideal if you enjoy looking for patterns, discovering trends and turning raw data into useful insights. Weve been in the Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction* for the second year running, so theres nowhere better to study.

There are a number of computing courses you can apply for, and we still have spaces for 2021! Head over to the University of Bolton Clearing website to find the right degree for you.

Heres a look at why this profession is important for the future. Plus, we also answer common questions such as “What is data science?” and “What does a data scientist do?

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What is data science?

Combining multiple fields in one (including statistics, scientific methods, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analysis), data science taps into a range of skills in order to extract value from data.

Its often referred to as a dark artdue to its mysterious nature, but this is due to lack of awareness for people outside of the profession.

Most companies, regardless of industry, want to find new ways to leverage data to drive efficiencies and transform their business. So its actually a highly relatable field, one that touches every type of organisation.

What does a data scientist do?

A data scientist spends their day looking at data collected from the web, from devices such as smartphones, sensors and other sources. This can be everything from customer data and employee data to sales and performance data.

Their goal is to transform raw numbers and information into actionable insights that can improve an organisations strategy and processes. Day-to-day responsibilities can be things like preparing data for analysis, data cleansing, aggregating data, and finding ways to present data to stakeholders.

Within the field of data science, there are data analysts who work in a more concentrated way, dealing with specific tasks and projects. One of the main job roles of analysts is to look at historical data in context, while data scientists have a wider responsibility for things such as machine learning and predictive modelling.

With data analysis skills, its possible to work across many sectors, including:

- Academia

- Ecommerce

- Finance

- Government

- Health

- Information technology

- Scientific research

…and much more!

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Why data skills are needed now

Theres never been a better time to invest in your education if you have a passion for data analysis. With the UK struggling with a skills shortage for some time now, graduates with the right skills in this area will be in demand for many years to come.

Many employers are on the hunt for data analysts, data engineers and data scientists. In fact, the demand for skilled workers has tripled over the past five years, rising by 231% according to a recent study.

This explosive demand increase means that students will have great prospects when they graduate, with very competitive salaries and career progression up for grabs.

It’s not too late to apply…

Does this career sound like its for you? Its still not too late to apply for a course in 2021 at The University of Bolton, where we deliver #UniAsItShouldBe.

We put students, and their needs first, and we pride ourselves on providing a friendly and supportive learning environment where students thrive. Weve also been a Top 6 UK University for Teaching Quality in The Times Good University Guide** for three consecutive years, so this is the place to be if you want to enjoy personal development and reach your potential.

To apply, head over to our Clearing website.

Or if you have further questions, call our dedicated Clearing number +44 (0)1204 896936 and talk to a member of our team.

 

*Complete University Guide in 2022 and 2021

**The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 2020 and 2019

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