Data science is a multidisciplinary field that combines computer science and statistics. With so much data being produced every day, data science makes it possible to draw useful insights from datasets which may be too large for traditional statistics to analyze. This data is often referred to as “big data,” and can include anything from analyzing complex genomic structures to interpreting handwriting to optimizing a marketing strategy. And data science is not limited to just numbers! Data science finds patterns in all unstructured sets, including text, images, and audio files.
Many Data Scientists start their careers in academia – if you have a bachelor’s degree or PhD in a quantitative field, then you’re already close to a data science career. A data science fellowship like The Data Incubator or Insight Data Science would be fantastic options.
Most data science bootcamps require students to have a degree in STEM and an aptitude for math and statistics. If you don’t have a quantitative degree, then you should sharpen your math skills like linear algebra, calculus, statistics, and probability. Then, you’ll be ready to apply to a data science bootcamp.
While a Master’s in Computer Science with a specialization in Data Science typically takes 3 years to complete, data science bootcamps are typically intensive 3- to 6-month programs. Data science bootcamps often offer career assistance, and prepare graduates for entry-level and junior data science jobs, such as Data Analyst, Data Scientist, and Data Engineer.
A data science bootcamp is not a traditional coding bootcamp. In addition to learning programming languages, such as Python and/or R, data science bootcamps teach students how to extract valuable knowledge from large datasets using analytical and programming skills.
The best data science course for you depends on your own learning style, career goals, availability, etc. Here's our advice for choosing the data bootcamp:
Red Flags – instructors don't have enough experience or qualifications, projects don't use real-world datasets, or the bootcamp can't tell you about past student career success.
|“I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat. It was definitely worth the money. The learning environment, having the type of classmates that you can learn from, the instructors — you definitely couldn’t have gotten it just by learning on your own.” Itelina, graduate of Metis|
|“I can say that, for me, 100% it was worth it – but I will say the boot camp is also about the work you’re putting in and the goals that you have. I really wanted to sponge off of the people around me – not just the teachers, but also all these PhD students around me. It was the most intelligent group of people I’ve been around in such a small space before. I’ve never had such an amazing opportunity.” Sumanth, graduate of NYC Data Science Academy|
|“I definitely think I needed Galvanize. Because I wanted to break into the tech industry, having Galvanize on my resume along with the skills I learned there, bolstered my ability to get a job.” Rosie, graduate of Galvanize|
|“For me, It was totally worth it. I would do it all over again. IE in particular taught me a lot more than how to use Python and SQL. It teaches the technical skills, but at the same time it gives you access to professors that are going to make the process a lot less frustrating and more fun so that you have the motivation to keep going. Plus all of the extras. You get to network with companies and those companies come to give talks. I made a lot of friends in this bootcamp, too.” Inna, graduate of IE Data Science Bootcamp|
Full-time, immersive data science bootcamps typically cost between $10,000 and $20,000. Many data science bootcamps offer scholarships and financing options to make tuition affordable. There are also fellowships and free data science bootcamps, such as Insight Data Science and The Data Incubator.
With everyone from businesses to non-profits to the government collecting data, there is high demand for turning that data into smart business decisions. There is a wide variety of data science jobs, and if there’s one thing that we’ve learned after interviewing so many data science bootcamp graduates, it’s that no two companies use the exact same job titles. Common job responsibilities of data scientists include data engineering, data cleaning, and data analysis. Here is a list of the most frequent data science job titles for bootcampers:
|Data Science Job||Average Salary|
|Data Science Analyst||$80,265|
|Senior Data Scientists||$105,909|
According to Josh Wills, Director of NYC Data Science Academy, a data scientist is a “person who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician.” While math skills and coding skills are an essential part of data science, business intelligence and a scientific approach are key to making sense of data. Most data science students have a previous background in STEM, but overall, data science students and professionals are detail-oriented and excel at problem-solving, logical reasoning, and communication.
Here is a quick list of data science skills and technologies used in the field and often taught at data science bootcamps:
Launch a career in Data Analytics with Juno College's Career Booster Scholarship!
Plus, the 9 Best Data Science Bootcamp Prep Programs!
LearningFuze's new Part-Time Data Science Bootcamp was created for working adults!
Pivot Technology School offers 20-week, live online Data Analytics, Web Development, and Cybersecurity bootcamps. By providing cutting edge, comprehensive technology training, Pivot Technology School’s mission is to empower minorities to take advantage of a changing...Read our Full Review of Pivot Technology School
Fireblaze AI School offers a 12-week, live virtual Data Science and Machine Learning Specialization bootcamp. The bootcamp curriculum covers Python programming, Numpy, Pandas, visualization, SQL, Tableau, and Power BI as well as data wrangling, data extraction, and...Read our Full Review of Fireblaze AI School
Digital Workshop Center offers four IT certificate programs: Data Science, Digital Marketing, Front End Development, and UX Design. Digital Workshop Center bootcamps may be completed at the student’s own pace up to 52 weeks. Bootcamp classes are taught in an...Read our Full Review of Digital Workshop Center
GenSpark offers an 84-week, full-time Java full stack bootcamp as well as programs in DevOps, L1 Support, AWS, Data Science/Analytics, and more. During the first 6-12 weeks of the program, GenSpark invests in its students by providing paid comprehensive technical and...Read our Full Review of GenSpark
Code Labs Academy offers bootcamps covering topics like cybersecurity, data science, UX/UI, and web development. Bootcamps are available live online or in-person, full-time or part-time, at a length of 12- or 27-weeks.
The Cybersecurity bootcamp covers...Read our Full Review of Code Labs Academy
Cleveland State offers live online, 26-week Cybersecurity, Coding, and Data Analytics bootcamps. Classes meet virtually on some weekday evenings and Saturdays.
Cleveland State Tech Bootcamps are intended for beginners. Applicants must be high school graduates...Read our Full Review of Cleveland State Tech Bootcamps
Insight is an intensive 7-week post-doctoral training fellowship bridging the gap between academia and data science in Silicon Valley and New York. Applicants should have a background in Physics & Astrophysics, Mathematics & Statistics, Neuroscience &...Read our Full Review of Insight Data Science
The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good summer fellowship is a program through the University of Chicago that allows aspiring data scientists to work on real world problems in the fields of education, health, energy, and more. The program is 3 months...Read our Full Review of Data Science for Social Good
New York City1 Course
Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School, or DS3, is an eight week, intensive summer program meant as an introduction to data science for prospective graduate students in the New York City area. The program is intended for upper level undergraduates or...Read our Full Review of Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School
The Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com is a pioneer in high quality, student-centered online education. They offered their first course in 2002 and now offer over 110 courses and four certificate programs. Students come from around the...Read our Full Review of The Institute for Statistics Education