From California to Massachusetts, the race is on to nurture and train a new generation of data scientists. The latest examples involve Workday Ventures and DataCamp -- along with dozens of university and college programs that are now on the scene.

Workday Ventures, a new venture capital arm of the SaaS software provider, plans to invest in 10 to 12 companies this year. All of those investments will involve companies focused on machine learning and data science. Early deals include Metanautix, Jobr, Thinair and Unbabel. Workday Senior VP Dan Beck and VP Ade Ajao are leading the venture capital charge.

Workday Ventures certainly isn't alone in its data-centric focus. Google Ventures, IBM Venture Capital Group and Saleforce Ventures (just to name a few) have strong interests in data-driven startups.

Meanwhile, online training startups are increasingly focused on the data science market. DataCamp offers courses for R programming while also covering topics like statistics, data manipulation, data visualization, big data and machine learning.

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DataCamp's training system is available as an annual subscription to enterprise teams that are pushing deeper into data management ($250 per user). Like many data-driven startups, DataCamp recently received venture funding -- a $1 million round led by Chris Lynch of Accomplice

Many universities and colleges have also expanded the data science training and research programs. Key names to know include Duke University, MIT Professional Education, UC Berkeley partnering with StanfordUCSC and plenty more.

Amid an ongoing shortage of data science professionals, these data-driven career skills currently generate the best incomes, according to Dice.

 

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