How to Choose the Data Science Program That’s Right for You

updated 7.17.18
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The numbers paint a pretty compelling picture, and all the press articles certainly add to the sense of excitement. Everywhere you look, there’s another story about the incredible demand for skilled data scientists. Just two weeks ago, a story from Bloomberg noted that job listings for data scientists on have increased 75% in just three years. Glassdoor has named Data Scientist the best job in the U.S. three years in a row. IBM is predicting a demand increase of nearly 30% in the next two years.

In short, it is an incredible time to become a Data Scientist.

That’s easier said than done, of course. But that’s where Udacity comes in. No matter where your skills and experience are today, we offer a point-of-entry into the world of data, and at Udacity, every data learning path ends with you being ready for success in the field. 

Whether you want to master data science programming with Python and SQL, launch a Data Analyst career, or explore business and predictive analytics, Udacity offers world-class programs, expert instructors, and the opportunity to start building relevant skills right away. We’ve partnered with industry leaders like Tableau, Kaggle, and IBM Watson, to ensure you’re learning the in-demand skills recruiters and hiring managers are looking for.

In this post, I’ll walk you through all the Nanodegree programs in our School of Data Science. I’ll show you what each covers, make clear how they connect, and help you choose the program that’s right for you. In the process, I’ll describe the projects you’ll build, and the skills you’ll learn.

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Introducing the Udacity Data Scientist Nanodegree Program

Master in-demand data science skills that qualify you for rewarding jobs in the field. Enroll in the new Data Scientist Nanodegree program today!

Udacity - Data Scientist Nanodegree program

The role of Data Scientist has become vastly more important in recent years, as our connected world continues to produce a staggering volume of data that is immensely valuable, but also increasingly challenging to measure, analyze, and transform into actionable insight.

Skilled Data Scientists who are able to build machine learning models, run data pipelines, design experiments and recommendation engines, communicate effectively to stakeholders, and deploy data applications, are in high demand across industries as diverse as agriculture, conservation, education, finance, healthcare, social services, and transportation.

The field of data science is brimming with opportunity, and today we introduce our new Data Scientist Nanodegree program. This is the next step in our ongoing mission to provide opportunities for learners across the globe to master valuable and in-demand data skills. As Udacity COO Clarissa Shen said when announcing the new program during her keynote at The Next Web Conference this morning:

“There is a massive talent gap in data science. Companies all over the world, and across virtually every industry, have thousands of open positions in the field, and they can’t find enough qualified candidates. And they look to us to help.”

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