Between now and 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a faster-than-average increase in employment opportunities for computer and information research scientists. Several factors are contributing to this growth, including the demand for better technology, cyber security and data mining services.
However, the road to becoming computer and information research scientists is a long one that requires individuals to pick up numerous skills along the way. Many colleges and universities understand that to prepare students for careers such as these, more has to be done. Fortunately, technology giant IBM also recognizes the importance of equipping today’s degree seekers with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to be tomorrow’s data scientists.
Overall, IBM has formed partnerships with more than 1,000 academic institutions worldwide, according to an August 2013 press release. Through this global network of schools, which includes Georgetown University, the University of Missouri, Dublin City University and the National University of Singapore, IBM aims to enhance students’ knowledge of big data and analytics. The academic initiative’s goal is to ready learners for the 4.4 million big data jobs that are expected to exist by 2015.
In an interview, Jim Spohrer, director of IBM Global University Programs, explained how important big data is becoming to professionals in multiple sectors.
“You’ve got all this big data, then the question becomes who has the expertise to use it,” Spohrer said. “All professionals – doctors, lawyers, scientists – have to learn how to use big data better.”