What skills does it take to work in a data-driven field?
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Preparing Students for a Data-Centric Future

What jobs are waiting for students in the new, data-centric economy? Employment may feel far away to some students, but we owe it to them to teach skills that will still be relevant when they enter the workforce. Data skills need to be part of this mix.

Before we change the way we integrate data into the classroom, though, we need to know what data use looks like in the professional world. How do medical researchers, astronomers, climate scientists, urban planners, and agriculturists use big data to solve problems and learn about the world? And what skills do they need to do their jobs effectively?

This spring, we'll be tackling these questions. We are launching a new initiative to determine the skillset, opportunities, and career pathways for a "big data-enabled professional"—a person who routinely uses big data in his or her professional pursuits.

We are looking for help, too. If you are interested in participating in this effort, or if you know someone who you think fits the term "big data-enabled professional," let us know by filling in this nomination form.

We know this knowledge will be of value to industry. And we think it will be of interest to educators too, as the results will help them see what kinds of skills we need to be teaching in the classroom. It's an exciting development for all of us at the EDC Oceans of Data Institute.

Thank you for your interest in the Institute—and stay tuned for more updates on our work in the coming months.

Ruth Krumhansl, Director
Kim Kastens, Principal Scientist
The EDC Oceans of Data Institute

A high school student in Framingham, MA, uses EDC's Ocean Tracks interface to study marine migrations.
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