It’s been called the sexiest job of the 21st century and the most valuable career skill you can add to your resume. Of course, I’m talking about analytics. And whether you call them statisticians, data scientists or business analysts, individuals with analytics skills are in high demand.
SAS is doing its part to help expand the pool of analytics professionals. We offer students and adult learners free access to SAS software and free, full-length courses in statistics and SAS programming to get them started. Our latest effort is the Capella and SAS Women in Analytics Scholarships.
The program helps address what a McKinsey Global Institute says will be a shortage of 200,000 analytical professionals by 2018, while encouraging women to pursue careers in analytics.
Capella and SAS announced the program’s first recipients on August 30. Two full scholarships for Capella’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Data Analytics program and two scholarships for Capella’s Master of Science in Analytics program were awarded.
In addition to the full-ride scholarships, SAS will invite the winners to attend Analytics Experience 2016, our annual analytics conference. This year’s event will be held September 12-14 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. We’ll also bring the scholarship recipients to world headquarters in Cary, NC, to meet with and discuss careers in analytics with the SAS Women’s Initiatives Network (WIN), a network of hundreds of women at SAS who help one another achieve personal satisfaction and professional excellence, while reaching into our communities to empower women and inspire students to pursue STEM-related careers.
Congratulations to scholarship recipients Tammy Barber, Molly Smith, Julianne Lewis, and Chante’ Moy.