Why should you learn data science? Two students’ perspectives


Are you curious? Do you have a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Do you enjoy robotics or statistics? Do you like to solve hard problems?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might have what it takes to be a data scientist.

Recently, I interviewed two students to understand firsthand why they decided to study data science, and to gain their perspectives on learning data science skills. In this series of blog posts, you’ll hear why data science appeals to them, how professors and universities foster an interest in data science, how SAS plays a role in data science studies – and more.

Changing the world with data science

“I chose to pursue a STEM career because I want to go and change the world,” says Lauren Agrigento, a student at Louisiana State University. “And specifically, I’m doing analytics because it’s the fastest growing field right now.”

Jessica Rudd, a PhD candidate at Kennesaw State University is also passionate about generating change with data. “Whether it’s a business application or something that improves personal services or improves predictive medicine, there's so many ways [data science]affects the world -- from the individual person to the Fortune 500 company.”

Learn more in the videos below about why Agrigento and Rudd chose to pursue a career in STEM, and what appeals to them about data science.

Why did you decide to pursue the STEM field? Watch the video below to learn more:


What about data science appeals to you? Watch the video below to find out how:

Interested in learning more? Check out this free e-book, “Why choose a career in analytics? Job security, a larger salary, a chance to do good and more.”  Or learn more about how SAS helps students.

Finally, stayed tuned! This is the first post in a monthly series that will feature more from students and professors.


About Author

Georgia Mariani

Principal Product Marketing Manager

Georgia Mariani has spent nearly a quarter-century exploring and sharing how analytics can improve outcomes. As a Principal Industry Marketing Manager at analytics leader SAS, supporting the education industry, she passionately showcases customers using analytics to tackle important education issues and help students succeed. Georgia received her M.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from the University of New Orleans.

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