Consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton recently launched an online training program aimed at supporting data science education and awareness.
The program, Explore Data Science, is a self-paced, hands-on course geared toward all levels of data science proficiency, from introductory to professional, the firm says.
With more than 40 hours of content available to users, the program features gamification elements that teach common data science principles while guiding students through increasingly advanced, scenario-based challenges.
Faced with 32 distinct “missions,” users with basic proficiencies in programming can transform raw information into business-critical insights. When a level is successfully completed, participants earn points, awards and badges that are shareable on social media.
Successfully finishing missions allows users to develop or increase competency in the core tenets of data science, the firm says.
In 2013, Booz Allen Hamilton launched its Field Guide to Data Science, an industry resource of best practices. The new training program complements those teachings by enabling future or current data scientists to practice, test and grow their capabilities in a simulation-based environment, the firm says.
“In today’s highly competitive marketplace, being able to effectively compile, manage and analyze data is critically important to a business’ growth, strategic development and overall success,” Peter Guerra, a principal in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group, said in a statement. “We’re therefore seeing a clear demand—across all industries—for data science expertise. But it far exceeds the available supply of trained professionals.”
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