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UW-Madison makes it easier to pursue a career in data science and analytics

November 28, 2017 By Dean Robbins

The 2016 class of the professional master’s program in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis. UW-Madison

A new website makes it easier for professionals to tap into UW–Madison graduate programs that prepare them for careers in the burgeoning field of data science and analytics.

The demand for data science and analytics jobs is projected to grow 15 percent between 2015 and 2020, with an average annual salary of more than $80,000.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has many flexible post-baccalaureate programs that prepare students for these jobs, geared toward busy professionals who need a convenient way to continue their education.

Now, lets people to compare programs and pick the one that will lead to a dream career.

Jeff Russell

“The new website is a gateway to finding work in engineering, computer science, economics, statistics, and many other specialized fields that require data science and analytics skills,” says Jeffrey S. Russell, dean of Continuing Studies and vice provost for Lifelong Learning. “It provides tools for prospective students wondering which path to take, including job-outlook statistics, average yearly salaries, and information about UW–Madison’s accessible degree and certificate programs.”

Those interested in data science and analytics but unsure of which path to pursue can take a quiz at Their answers to seven questions will help direct them to the right degree or certificate. showcases nine UW–Madison programs:

For each of these programs, the new website will help students make the right choice based on their interests. It also details the flexibilities that can allow working professionals to keep their current jobs while pursuing their education.

UW-Madison’s data science and analytics programs have a track record of success for those who want to establish a career, change careers, or make progress in their current jobs.

Jordan Paszek

After earning his undergraduate degree, for example, Jordan Paszek enrolled in the Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science as a quick path into the actuarial profession. The program helped him land a job at the consulting firm Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.

“The capstone program seemed like the best transition to making my goal attainable,” Paszek says. “Within one year of completing the program, I felt like I got an adequate return on my investment and know that it will continue for years to come.”