With 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated each day, it’s safe to say that we’re in the era of big data. To put that metric into perspective, within the last two years, 90% of the world's data has been created.
Social media, the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are driving the trends in data and influencing the role of Data Scientists and Statisticians. Roles in the field of Data Science and Statistics are now in high demand, and at UNSW Science, we offer programs that can launch your career.
Careers in Data Science & Statistics
As data experiences exponential growth, so do jobs in Data Science and Statistics. But what exactly does a career in this field look like?
Data Science and Statistics is a multidisciplinary field of study that blends mathematical methods, statistics, computing, business decisions and communication. Data Scientists translate user data into insights that help companies understand their audience and personalise their products or services. Uncovering new insights and predicting trends has become vital in the retail, environmental, not-for-profit, IT and professional services sector.
Career opportunities in Data Science and Statistics span across many industries from startups to established corporations including Coles, Airbnb, Spotify, Netflix and Greenpeace, to name a few. As a Data Scientist, you might be asked to calculate the price of new products for the market, determine warehouse or retail employee schedules, make predictions of environmental phenomena and model the spread of new diseases.
In 2018, company review website Glassdoor placed Data Science at the top of its list of best jobs. With a job satisfaction score of 4.2/5 and a median salary of over $100,000, roles in Data Science and Statistics are in-demand in Australia and around the world.
- Data Scientist
- Data Analyst
- Risk Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Business Systems Analyst
- Forecast Modeller
- Market and Survey Researcher
- Big Data Engineer