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New Schools Offer Fast-Track Data-Science Programs

The dearth of data scientists is inspiring universities and companies to create new programs to teach the skills needed to land a job as a data scientist. Universities are offering certificate and degree programs specifically designed to teach people the skills needed to put big data to work for all those businesses seeking to make use of data from a wide and steady stream of sources. For example, the University of California, Berkeley touts its master of information and data science program as the first of its type in the US. Some private businesses—such as the Zipfian Academy—are establishing fast-track training lasting as little as 12 weeks. Zipfian says 220 people applied for only 13 spots in its first class. (Information Week) 

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