BUILDING A MORE ROBUST AND DIVERSE EARLY STAGE DATA SCIENCE PATHWAY
Earlier this year, Education Development Center (EDC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC) and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd), convened a four-part online panel series focused on growing and diversifying the state’s Data Science workforce.
The panels connected participants with industry leaders, policymakers, and K-16 innovators working to address the state’s critical shortage of Data Scientists and make Data Science careers accessible to all.
This series was designed to inform the design of a systemic, sustainable, scalable strategic plan to extend and expand the early-stage Data Science pathway. Our goal is to reach more diverse students in high school and community college, and support their pursuit of Data Science careers.
In 2018, Mass. employers posted over 23,000 jobs in data science across all sectors, doubling the number of postings in 2014.
Demand Exceeds Supply
In Life Sciences, that demand increased by 40% in the same four-year period – growth that far surpasses the available talent.
Close-Up on Life Sciences
In 2018, 1,200 unique data science jobs were posted in the Life Sciences, 840 in industry/360 in research institutions.