Workforce Development

The 2011 report from the McKinsey Global Institute predicted an acute deficit of “deep analytical talent” in the work force by 2018. A quick search finds an eclectic response to this deficit, ranging from university master’s programs, to vendor-driven training, to MOOCS and other online resources. Anecdotal conversations with recruiters show that technological advances in tools and techniques are bringing data to the front lines of business but many entry-level employees do not have the analytical skills to take advantage of these advances.

This group will address issues such as:

  • The gap between the forecasted data science-related graduates and demand in the workforce.
  • The specific skills needed to build the data workforce of the future.
  • The pros and cons of developing a data science core curriculum as well as accreditation criteria for data science courses.