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Analytics fish, with the whole data science trend exploding, do you thinking getting a master's in data science would be wise? (thinking job security/upward mobility)

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I do. it’s pretty much guaranteed job security, especially if you go to a top program. it will open lots of doors - agency side, vendor side, client side, research side, or <gasp> leaving the field.

I have a masters in engineering (I’m old - these programs didn’t exist when I was in school) and it’s definitely helped me get ahead. Analytics is the one area where a masters is valuable.

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Agreed with director 1. Do not do a boot camp. I also am very skeptical of the data science masters programs. You'd be much better served by doing a masters in applied math or statistics. The coding part can be learned as you work in the field but the biggest danger is blindly applying models in the wrong situations, which you need a math/ stats background for.

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Do it. I’m also old. MBA with concentration in quantitative finance here. Agencies are lucky to have me and they know it

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following what Starcom said - make sure it’s a quality program with a mix of theory and technical skills. statistics, modeling, data mining, data visualization, coding.

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I’d further it - it’s the networking, but it’s also all the skills you’ll learn (both coding and analytical). that’s not stuff you can teach yourself.

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Thanks guys!

Follow up: Did you pursue your master's while working or take time off? Seems like it'd be hard to do with agency hours

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Pursue a Masters program only if you’re going in-house

If you have a mind for technology, why not go into AI? That’s where the seven-figure salaries are.

I did mine right after undergrad. I’ve had staff under me get theirs part time; it’s tough but doable. giving up a lot of nights and weekends. As a manager, I tried to be supportive (and flexible and understanding). it can be done if the individual is committed and the manager is supportive.

It may be beneficial to check out one of the data science bootcamps. The biggest issue with current graduate schools is it’s mostly theoretical. Not that that’s bad but it’s as important if not more to be able to apply your skills. By taking one of those bootcamps, you’re able to get back into the workplace almost immediately. If you really enjoy it, you could later on get a masters as well

@ACD1 by the time you finish a PhD they won’t be 7 figure salaries anymore. It’s a bubble

I’m going to disagree on the boot camps. I’ve had candidates come from these boot camps and their technical knowledge is superficial at best. They can “check the boxes” for skill set but struggle to show anything learned with any sort of depth.

Training in data science is definitely wise.

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