Career Paths

Data scientists develop value in any area of business and every type of industry, both for profit and nonprofit. This means you’ll be able to work in a variety of fields such as technology, marketing, finance, retail, corporate, consulting, gaming, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, government, and more. This master’s program will teach you the fundamental tools you need to propel yourself to the top of any of these industries and become a leader in the data-driven sector of your organization.

A Growing Industry

The McKinsey Global Institute found that by 2018, there will be a shortage of people with the skills and talents needed to collect and effectively analyze big data. The labor market could need as many as 140,000–190,000 trained individuals with deep analytical skills and 1.5 million leaders with the understanding to use data analyses to make effective decisions. Saint Mary’s Master of Science in Data Science program prepares you to be both of those people, the analyzer and the leader.

The strong mathematical focus of this interdisciplinary program will prepare you to interpret the data your organization gathers as well as put it to use. This will position you to push your company to greater heights of efficiency and effectiveness and lead significant changes in the data analytics field.

A Rewarding Career Path

Nationally, 90 percent of individuals skilled in analytics and marketing research talent are approached at least monthly on LinkedIn about job opportunities, according to Burtch Works, an executive recruiting firm. In fact, it’s because of this high demand that the average salaries for data science professionals are so high. The national median base salary for a nonmanagerial data scientist is $80,000 at the entry level and rises all the way to $150,000 with more years of experience. For entry-level managers skilled in data science, the median national base salary is as high as $140,000, with median salaries at higher experience levels climbing well above the $200,000 mark.

You have the passion. You have the talent. It’s time to rise to the challenge you know you’re ready to meet and push your career and organization to new levels.