Three tips for developing an analytics program that prepares students for big data careers


In a few short years, the need for people with analytics skills could significantly outpace supply. In fact, recent research from MGI and McKinsey's Business Technology Office says:

By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

So, what is higher education doing to address this need? Are colleges and universities developing programs to help train the next generation of data scientists? Many of them are.

For example, Dr. Robert McGrath discussed how the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is addressing the analytics skills gap in a previous interview on this blog.

In a new video interview, Dr. McGrath shared more details about UNH's Graduate Programs in Analytics. Here, we've turned his responses into three quick video highlights that explain you how the program works.

  1. Engage with industry partners and understand their needs.
  1. Combine industry experience with real world data.
  1. Partner with SAS to develop an analytics program like the one at UNH.

How are other higher education institutions  addressing the analytics skills gap and developing their analytics programs? Check out this blog series about analytic talent. It features interviews with professors, department leads and other educators who are seeding the market with analytical talent and directly impacting the analytics talent management pipeline.

Dr. Robert McGrath is an Everett B. Sackett Associate Professor and Director for Graduate Programs in Analytics within the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire. His academic focus surrounds health data and information issues for health care practice and policy. First introduced to SAS in 1996 while working for Healthsource Insurance (now Cigna Corporation).

How can you help fill the analytics skills gap? Check out these resources for teaching and learning SAS:


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Georgia Mariani

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Georgia Mariani is the Principal Product Marketing Manager for the Education Industry.

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