Data Science is an emerging field which has made a lot of the technologies we see around us possible. It involves the analysis and working of data, to create interactive and insight providing models that predict future trends. These skills, taught by undergraduate and graduate data science courses are in high demand, resonated by the six-figure salaries being awarded to data scientists. Moreover, in a post-COVID world, where there has been a major shift to online and digital technologies, data is playing an ever-bigger role in our lives.
Scientists and graduate researchers in many universities have been using machine-generated models to model the behaviour of the virus, and its possible infection rates and r-nought numbers. Moreover, vaccine development and treatment protocol has relied heavily on such models as well.
Apart from these applications, businesses, particularly those involved in e-commerce have been requiring heavy use of such models and algorithms to predict customer behaviour and to accordingly market their offerings. Whether it be search engine optimization or website visits, data science is helping to shape models that allow for a better understanding of these concepts in general.
Another up and emerging industry, EdTech is also employing the skills of data scientists to deliver online learning to students in a rapidly changing environment. Student behaviour, interests and curriculum needs are being incorporated into models to achieve better learning outcomes for students and better earnings prospects for new entrants in this rapidly developing industry.
Some of the top universities to consider include the Imperial College of London located in London, UK and the University of Texas at Austin in the USA. Their data science and business analytics courses have been recognised by the QS rankings as well. The top spot is taken by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).