There’s a problem that continues to plague the data industry, and many employers can vouch for it: big data is evolving at an unprecedented rate, but there’s simply not enough analytical talent to pull meaningful insights from the information provided. In an effort to bridge the skills gap, many universities are offering programs for big data analytics degrees, or at least offering more specific concentrations in the subject.

A job candidate with a big data analytics degree is often preferred by employers because he or she has already honed the necessary skills to be successful in the job. Here’s an overview of what university programs are teaching students today, and what skills employers can expect from future big data analysts:

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