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Data Science Major Takes Off

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Students in a data science class.

As data science degree programs crop up at colleges and universities across the country, women in particular are pursuing data science in greater numbers compared to other computer-related and STEM fields.

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The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 897 data science bachelor's degrees were awarded in 2022, up from just 84 in 2020.

The U.S. Department of Labor has forecast a 36% increase in data science jobs over the next 10 years.

Research reveals that more females are majoring in data science than computer science and cybersecurity.

Stuart Zweben of the ACM Education Board’s Actionable Enrollment and Retention Task Force attributed this to data science's cross-disciplinary focus and the fact that some universities are turning students away from computer science.

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