The Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) is set to begin its six-month and 12-month data science and data engineering courses in July, announcing that applications are still open to those interested in pursuing qualifications in these ever growing field.
EDSA explains that both courses will begin on 12th July, with the flagship data science course serving as a vehicle for where students uncover the how data can be used to solve difficult problems in any context. The data engineering offers more of a technical view, where students will learn how to store, move, process and manage the data platforms that run large enterprises.
“Internationally there is a growing disconnect between the demand for data scientists and supply entering the market. Data from QuantHub indicates that internationally there was a shortage of about 250,000 data science professionals in 2020. The situation is the same in South Africa and a recent report shows that data analysts and scientists, big data specialists and AI/machine learning specialists are at the top of the list of jobs where demand far outstrips supply,” notes Shaun Dippnall, CEO of EDSA, regarding the importance of skills development in data science.
Having been offered online for some time now, Dippnall also explains the advantages that distance learning has in this day and age, and in particular for those wanting to do part-time studies.
“Previously, candidates had to take a full-time course or attend a university. Now we have online courses designed and presented by world-class specialists in the field. One clear advantage of an online course is the ability to study in non-working hours and a student’s regular job need not be interrupted. Typical courses need about 10 hours of work per week,” says Dippnall.
“The success of our full-time courses have been phenomenal and we have a 95% placement rate after graduation with excellent starting salaries. Our courses are designed to be practical and deal with real world problems in business,” he adds.
To take a look at the courses on offer from EDSA, head here.