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Interested in a career in data science?

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With a recent report (Data Science Skills in the UK Workforce, 2023) released by the UK Government noting at least 178,000 unfilled data specialist roles in the UK, it’s no surprise that interest in this exciting field is growing!

In today's digital world, data scientists have the ability to improve healthcare, contribute to smart city development, ensure financial well-being, promote sustainable living, and optimise education. Through their work, data scientists have the potential to improve the lives of the public and contribute to a better society. Businesses and organisations are also continuously seeking professionals who can turn data into innovative strategies for progress.

Interested in pursuing a career in data? We've gathered key insights from our study guide to help you understand the world of data science a bit better.

What is data science?

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that combines statistics, mathematics, machine learning and computer science. It's an exciting area that requires expertise in extracting, analysing, and interpreting big data to uncover patterns and make data-driven insights.

What can I do with a data science degree?

A degree in data science opens a world of exciting career opportunities within a diverse range of industries, such as finance, healthcare or technology. Many graduates go into roles like: data scientist, data consultant, data analyst, predictive modeller or data engineer.

What kind of salary could I expect when I graduate?

Jobs in data are known for competitive salaries. As of January 2024, Glassdoor reported data science graduates earning an average of £34,796, or £37,983 for those who work in London. However, with experience, this does increase with those in more specialist roles in the UK earning an average of £50,446 or £60,254 in London (Indeed, 2024).

Am I eligible?

The eligibility requirements for a degree in data science can vary depending on the degree provider and degree level. At LIBF, we've designed our entry requirements to accommodate students from various academic backgrounds.

To pursue a bachelor's degree, you'll need A Levels in a relevant area or equivalent qualification. For master's degree programs, a bachelor's degree in a related field is typically required.

How can I prepare for a data science degree?

Data science is a rapidly evolving field, so it's crucial to stay curious and keep learning by subscribing to industry blogs, newsletters, and online communities and forums. Take the opportunity to explore new techniques and technologies, cultivating a curious mindset that will enhance your learning experience.

When preparing for your degree, it is also helpful to:

Strengthen your mathematical foundation

Develop programming skills

Get hands-on experience with data

Stay curious and always continue learning

Did we catch your interest? Explore data science further in our full study guide:

Over to you! Are you a prospective data science student or already learning the ropes? Share your experiences below or any questions you might have! 🧑*💻

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