New Data Science Certificate for High-Demand, High-Paying Jobs

HIDSI data reproducibility workshop in 2019

The need to work with and understand data is skyrocketing, as is the demand for trained data science professionals. Employment of computer and information researchers is projected to increase by 22% from 2020 to 2030, and the median salary for computer and information researchers in 2021 was $131,490, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A new university Hawaii Mānoa’s Data Science Certificate Program will equip students and industry professionals with the skills and knowledge they need for this high-demand industry and lucrative careers.

The Intensive Programming Certificate will be offered from the Fall 2022 semester by the Department of Information and Computer Science (SCI) in collaboration with the Hawaii Data Science Institute and others uh Data-intensive departments of Mānoa. It is open to undergraduate students from all departments and working professionals.

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HIDSI organizes a data science workshop on reproducibility in 2019

“In the 1980s, it was predicted that computer literacy would be crucial for the workforce of the 20th century. In recent years, the new literacy required has become data literacy. You need it to stay competitive in almost any profession, from running a power grid to designing a new car, discovering new cures for diseases, predicting the spread of viruses, and selling products over the internet,” said Jason Leigh, SCI professor and co-director of Hawaii Data Science Institute.

Students will receive training in modern computer tools to manipulate, visualize and extract information from data. Courses include machine learning methods, data visualization, data science, and machine learning fundamentals.

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and visualization technology is advancing rapidly and impacting every industry,” said Pierre Sadowskiassistant professor in SCI who teaches machine learning courses. “This program allows students from a variety of backgrounds to participate in courses that cover the latest techniques and tools.”

The electives available through the program provide domain-specific knowledge such as climate modeling, data analysis and applications, bioinformatics, computational physics and more.

This certificate is an example of uh Mānoa’s goal of improving student achievement (PDF), one of the four objectives identified in the Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (PDF), updated December 2020.

-By Maria Dumanlang

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