Read this in the digital edition of The Manila Times. Data Science graduates have endless opportunities as long as there is plenty of data in the digital universe. PHOTOS FROM FACEBOOKMAPUA MATHEMATICS SECTION DATA science has been dubbed "the sexiest job of the 21st century" and experts think it will continue to be sexy in the future. As data is used practically everywhere, data science has become one of today's most valuable goods and one of the fastest growing fields. Large and well-known companies use data to develop business strategies, create or improve products, understand customers, finalize transactions and generate profits. Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Mapua, Dr. Mylen Aala-Capuno said that with data science, organizations gain relevant insights to formulate sound decisions and relevant business actions. This wealth of information enables them to optimize their operations and services. "Data science is an interdisciplinary field for the study of data to gain meaningful insights that will lead to effective decisions. It combines principles and techniques of mathematics, statistics and computer science," he said in a press release. Many people may not realize it, but data science is not exclusive to tech and financial giants; It is widely used in various industries. In fact, ordinary Filipinos experience its applications and conveniences in daily life. news delivered for The Manila Times' daily s By with an email address, I confirm that I have read and accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Whether it's searching for content on video or audio streaming sites, searching for new business contacts on professional networks, purchasing products online, or searching for long lost friends on social media, the scope and potential of data science is limitless. “As data grows at an astronomical rate, so is the demand for data scientists, and forecasts show that demand will grow to 36 percent in the next 10 to 15 years. Being a data scientist is a very lucrative job and often Aala-Capuno is in the top 3 payers today. work,” he said. Data science professor Edgar Adina added that the career options for data science graduates are very similar to the data they explore and analyze — they're endless. “Data Science graduates have endless opportunities as long as there is an abundance of data in the digital universe. This includes data manager, data architect, data engineer, business analyst, machine learning scientist and engineer, statistician, data modeler, marketing analyst, researcher, business intelligence. developer, including a position in academia,” Adina said. Aala-Capuno said that while the field may seem highly technical, anyone who is passionate about learning can pursue data science, as analytical skills highly valued in expertise can be learned and developed. However, having basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and computer programming is a good foundation for aspiring data science professionals. University, while superior math skills are an advantage, they are not a requirement as the required competencies will be taught and developed during the programme. Mapua University said it trains Filipino youth to be proficient in the field, as its data science program is known for its highly personalized mentoring that enables students to learn beyond theory. The three-year program exposes students to multiple training sessions with real-life data using industry-accepted programming languages ​​such as Python, R, and software Power BI and MatLab. All courses are technology integrated so students can have multiple learning platforms and methods. Adina said students will master core skills such as data management, data visualization, data mining and modelling, machine learning and deep learning, including artificial intelligence and natural language processing. They will also have apprenticeship programs with Mapua's industry partners and job placement opportunities after graduation. In today's rapidly changing world, a career in data science is not only lucrative; ready for the future. The field's limitless opportunities and relevance to everyday life enable graduates to achieve professional growth and stability decades after earning their degree.