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The Certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics is intended for individuals who:

  • wish to become, or already are, professionals who use data analytics, big data, and predictive analytics to optimize performance at a variety of levels in a wide range of sectors: private enterprise, government, non-profit industries, and high technology sectors;
  • are employed in a related field such as data warehousing, data management, or IT and need to acquire the necessary credentials for career promotion or other professional enrichment, including competencies crucial to big data analytics;
  • desire to fill positions such as:
    • Web Analytics specialist
    • Data Analyst (in various industry domains)
    • Data Analytics Project Lead
    • Data Science Specialist
    • Data Warehouse Specialist
    • Statistical Modeling Analyst
    • Data Analytics Modeling Analyst
    • Predictive Analytics Modeling Analyst

Individuals who complete the Certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics will have gained an in-depth knowledge of, and capacity in, using a variety of databases and data sets to analyze and understand data and predict future eventualities, trends and patterns, as well as be proficient in laying the groundwork, strategies and implementation of decision management in order to substantiate future initiatives that lead to innovation, high performance and sustainable outcomes for success.

Application Meets Interview – Abdur Rehman Raja, Graduate, Certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics

When Abdur Rehman Raja graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in April 2016, his intention was to pursue a career in the finance world. After realizing that finance was too concentrated, Abdur took the advice of a friend and began investigating continuing education opportunities at The Chang School, and by May he was enrolled in the Certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics. By the end of summer he had completed the five required courses given on campus, built a competitive resume with the support and personal attention of the program director, and in December, he handed in his final course project to complete the program.

“The best career move at any time is looking at factors of supply and demand.”

Abdur Rehman Raja
Graduate, Certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics

Abdur is now working full-time as a data analyst and notes, “The best career move at any time is looking at factors of supply and demand. In this case, every company wants a data scientist but not enough people have that skill set.” Abdur lacked a background in data analysis when he began the program and says that the certificate was “an amazing starting point” that provided him with broad concepts of data science. His courses were designed so that theory was covered in the mornings, while application was covered in the afternoons. In addition, Abdur appreciated the opportunity to participate in group projects and he stays in touch with those particular classmates.

Aside from the strong root system The Chang School provided, Abdur also recognized that success hinges on a commitment to continual lifelong learning. He credits The Chang School for meeting his needs and adds that he is constantly learning new concepts on his own, both in person and online. “Now that I am in the industry, I know what employers are looking for,” he says.

Story by Anna Rumin, Learner, Writing Workshops