People from all over the GTA can now head over
to nearby Hamilton to benefit from McMaster University’s Data
Analytics Continuing Education programs-- programs which could lead
to a job in almost any industry.
The certificate in Big Data Analytics gives
adult learners the tools and techniques to help guide organizations in the
exploding field of data analytics.
As more ways of collecting data are being
developed, professionals are needed who can turn that data into useful business
As the demand for data analysts steadily
increases and the talent supply remains low, this is a perfect time to train to
enter the field.
McMaster has two data analytics streams: Big Data Analytics and Foundations of
Haitham Amar, who teaches the Predictive
Modelling and Data Mining course, says there is a wealth of job opportunities
available for graduates.
“The program allows students to choose a
career as a data scientist, data analyst, data engineer, and machine learning
engineer. In general, you can think of the career as either leaning more
towards model building or towards model implementation (programming).” Amar
Amar also points out that a number of
industries involve big data analytics.
“Every field that makes use of data in any
way, shape or form requires big data analytics. This seems like everything in
the industry right now. Insurance companies, car manufacturers, education
institutions, the health sector, the banking sector, the entertainment
industry, etc. are all interested in people who are skilled in data analytics.”
Because of the wealth of career opportunities,
students looking for a rewarding career are enrolling in the program.
The program can also, in a way, help prepare
students for jobs that aren’t even available yet as almost any industry can
better use data to its advantage.
“The question would be what professional
fields would not be able to leverage big data analytics. Many companies still have a lot work to do in
effectively leveraging data,” says Eleanor Smith, an instructor who teaches
Smith also says the course has been invaluable
to students seeking professional development.
“I have received feedback from students that
this course has helped them in their professional lives. One topic we treat is
enterprise metadata management, which many enterprise organizations have
surprisingly yet to establish,” she says.
“A current student has provided me with
feedback that her company is now investigating metadata management tools based
on what has been presented in this course. Another student who works as a
product manager at a big name credit bureau explained to me this course gave
him the background and language to converse with his more technical
Overall, students say they learn an incredible
amount of useful--and applicable--information in a relatively short period of
To learn more, please visit mcmastercce.ca/data-analytics