How different would a path be for someone wanting to do data science work by taking a graduate program in Business Analytics instead of the traditional Data Science path?
Hi, I'm a Computer Science graduate. I'm planning for a Master's program and the Business Analytics program looks interesting, but most programs are 10months, comparing that with a MSCS programs? How different of a job role would it be.
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Data scientists examine which questions need answering and where to find the related data. They have business acumen and analytical skills as well as the ability to mine, clean, and present data. Businesses use data scientists to source, manage, and analyze large amounts of unstructured data. Results are then synthesized and communicated to key stakeholders to drive strategic decision-making in the organization.
Skills needed: Programming skills (SAS, R, Python), statistical and mathematical skills, storytelling and data visualization, Hadoop, SQL, machine learning
The first waves of data scientists were primarily from development personnel, computer scientists, and engineers. They were the ones who created machine learning models, that optimized the process and minimized the cost function. They would analyze unstructured data, create specific programs for each problem, and, due to limitations of the computational processing, do manual map / reduces. Fortunately that time is gone, most of these operations have been greatly facilitated by high-performance programs and packages, and currently most Data Scientist is spending more time on modeling and less on engineering.
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On the practical side: It will be hard to get an entry level business analytics job with a Master's degree as 90% of your peers will not have it. A company will have a hard time justifying your salary with your advanced degree but no work experience. Get two years experience and learn about your data and what trends/insights you can get from the data. There are several online resources that will help increase your skills to understand your data and how to provide insights to leadership.
Who am I to be giving this advice? My previous career was as a Director of Analytics and I will tell you that my Master's is an MBA in International Business. Nothing Analytics related. Everything I did to rise in my career I did on the job.
MS in Business Analytics is more for ones who want to leverage business and technical skills to create value for clients. Data science is little heavier on the coding and technology.
They are both interrelated and many a times course contents will be more or less similar. It is about what you are interested in learning. I would suggest to compare course contents on both Analytics and data science and then decide. If you want to get into Data science then you should look for a data science course/degree.
People enter either of these fields via different paths and nothing is impossible if you have the right skills and acumen for it.