How a Ph.D. in data science can fix the talent gap and improve the discipline

 

 

How a Ph.D. in data science can fix the talent gap and improve the discipline

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 5, 2016) — Excerpt of Article: Jennifer Priestley, a professor of data science at Kennesaw State University, argues for a Ph.D. in data science to help deepen the field of study and better train the next generation.

There's no denying the exponential growth of data science as both a field of study and career choice. In 2012, the Harvard Business Review went as far as to call the role of data scientist "the sexiest job of the 21st century."

While there's been much said and written about the actual staying power of data science, it's difficult to deny the current buzz. At the time of this writing, there are roughly 30,000 job postings on LinkedIn and about 22,000 postings on Indeed for "data scientist." 

However, the explosion of data scientist jobs in the private sector is a double-edged sword. While it has increased interest in the field, it has also harmed the academic community around data science. It is this reason that Jennifer Priestley, a professor of statistics and data science at Kennesaw State University, argues that it's time to get serious about a Ph.D. in data science.

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By Conner Forrest | August 4, 2016, 11:36 AM PST

Name of Publication:
TechRepublic

Link to Article:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-a-ph-d-in-data-science-can-fix-the-talen...


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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