With the labor market the tightest it’s been in a generation, Houston employers are hungry for data-savvy talent. Roles like data scientist, data analyst and research analyst rank among the city’s fastest-growing professions, with demand predicted to surge by 21 percent by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the past 12 months alone, Houston employers struggled to fill more than 50,000 open roles requiring data proficiency.
To meet the region’s rapidly growing demand for skilled data workers, today, Rice University and Trilogy Education announced the launch of Houston’s first data analytics boot camp. Geared toward local working adults, the Rice University Data Analytics Boot Camp will teach the technical and teamwork skills necessary to become a proficient data scientist or analyst. The 24-week, part-time program begins Nov. 5 and opens for enrollment today.
“Over 90 percent of all data has been generated in the past two years,” said Robert Bruce, dean of Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. “From oil and gas exploration to financial services, nearly every industry in Houston needs professionals who have the ability to translate this explosion of data into actionable insights. By leveraging Trilogy Education’s platform and expertise, we can quickly expand access to the skills local professionals in Houston need to pursue rewarding careers in this rapidly growing sector.”
“Both Rice University’s Glasscock School and Trilogy Education share the belief that stronger skills equals stronger cities,” said Dan Sommer, CEO and Founder of Trilogy Education. “We’re proud to partner with the Glasscock School to give more Houstonians the opportunity to accelerate their careers in high-demand data fields. Our program will develop the digitally skilled workforce needed to power Houston’s businesses and big ideas, as Rice and the City of Houston work to foster a transformative innovation economy.”
Rice University’s provost, Marie Lynn Miranda agreed, stating that, “Rice University is committed to meeting the educational needs and professional aspirations of the broader Houston community. This partnership to bring an intensive data analytics boot camp to Houston’s workforce is an important step in the Glasscock School’s renewed commitment to supporting Houston’s vibrant business community through transformative educational offerings for professionals at all stages of their careers.”
In addition to classroom instruction, students will spend 20 hours a week on outside projects, homework, and experiential learning activities, ranging from visualizing bike sharing data to mapping worldwide earthquakes in real-time. They’ll build a professional project portfolio to showcase their abilities and hone their competitive edge in the employment market. Students will also receive a range of career-planning services, portfolio reviews, recruiting assistance and extensive staff support.
Interested in pursuing a data career in Houston? Check out the Rice University Data Analytics Boot Camp to learn more.