Why study Data Science?

So why study Data Science? Simple: data scientist has become one of the key careers of the century. What’s more, according to the Harvard Business Review, it’s the sexiest job of the 21st century. Wired speaks directly to parents: “Tell your kids to be data scientists, not doctors.”

As a data scientist, you help to gain insight into the vast amounts of data our society generates. Currently the huge shortage of data scientists is becoming a serious constraint in many sectors. Sectors like business, energy, government, healthcare, intelligence and security, and logistics are waiting for people like you. And, since the application areas for data science are very broad, you can work in a field that sparks your own personal interest.

The choice to become a data scientist is a choice for job security. All jobs are changing because of data. In five years, it’s going to be very hard to become a manager, a radiologist or marketer without any knowledge of data science. In other words: your job prospects as a graduate are excellent, both in business and government.

Lynette Joosten, student Master Data Science:

“After completing my bachelor’s degree in Information Studies, I wanted to do something with data. Data analysis, statistics, data visualization – I loved it all. When I saw that the University of Amsterdam offered a master’s programme combining all the things I loved, and even expanding on it, the choice was easily made! 

I will probably work for a big company that contributes to society as a Data Scientist. I am excited to be working with big sets of data every day!”

Iliana Papi, student Master Data Science:

“I considered data science the next and most important added value for me, being an electrical and computer engineer already and having worked with optimization and decision making for intelligent grids.

A data scientist will be the in the core of global change of markets and human decisions the following years. I see myself participating active and shaping a procedure towards a more data – intelligent world.”