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The field of Technology is growing as computers have become prevalent in today’s world. Research done by CompTIA found that Minnesota is home to 142,000 tech workers and is expected to grow over the next decade. In addition to tech, positions requiring data analysis skills are also on the rise. A recent survey sponsored by the American Statistical Association found that over the past five years, nearly two-thirds of organizations (65%) increased the number of positions requiring data analysis skills and more than half (59%) expect to increase the number of positions at their organizations over the next five years. If you have an analytical mindset, this field may be a good fit for you.
Technology and data professionals can be found in most sectors and industries such as government, healthcare, education, and business. People with strong analytical skills who enjoy working with computers and electronic technology are a good match for this field. Some positions may require a specific degree such as computer science or statistics but others may not, as long as you are gaining the skill set needed for the position. Companies in this career field also need professionals with marketing, social media, finance, and human resources backgrounds. Employment opportunities and advancement potential will vary based on your level of education, so it is important to think about whether an advanced degree will be necessary to achieve your career goals. There is not one major or minor that will prepare you for this field as there are many pathways, the lists below are not all-inclusive.
This career field requires a strong analytical mindset and quantitative reasoning skills. Consider coursework in Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science Management, and/or Economics.
Some positions within this field require an advanced degree. Do your research on graduate programs as they all have nuances. Here are some things to consider as you begin:
- So you want a graduate degree in Statistics?
- A Short Guide For Students Interests in a Statistics PhD program
- Applying to PhD Programs in Computer Science
- Search for graduate school programs using the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.