Industry Insights – Data Science + Analytics

At Devant, we are privileged to be connected with so many amazing international students, career development professionals and industry leaders. If there is one thing we always emphasize at Devant, it is that your network is your net worth! We aim to showcase our talented network through our social platforms, 1 on 1 services, and our events and workshops. 

Our Expert Panels, specifically, give you insights into growing career sectors in Canada. Our panels usually consist of a Devant team member who provides labour market data, an HR professional for all your hiring needs, and a couple of industry leaders who discuss their career journey. It’s a great way to learn about a variety of industries, straight from professionals who work in the space. 

That said, our next Expert Panel is on Careers in Data Science and Analytics. With 1479 jobs posted in the last 6 months (not to mention, the other 80% of jobs in the hidden job market), this sector continues to be one to watch.

But first, what is Data Science and Analytics and what career opportunities are available?

As you can imagine, both Data Scientists and Analytics work with large amounts of data. The difference lies in what data each group works with and what they do with the data.

  • Data scientist primarily use data to make predictive models and newer models to help orgnaizagions be more efficent. They are often building new frameworks which can involve coding.
  • Data analysists are more likely to look into data from the past to determine what factors and short comings occur, to help with future decision making. Data analytics draw meaning from data and present them to stakeholders in a way that is easier to understand.

Here’s what Maria Becerra has to say about the sector. She and her team will be participating in the upcoming Expert Panel.

In 2020, people created 1.7 MB of data every second, and with the massive amount of data that is produced, there is more need for professionals that can interpret, provide meaningful insights, and foresee the trends of specific topics in all areas of an enterprise. From data analysts in Human Resources, to data analysts in marketing, finances, or sales, the opportunities are endless, and as an international student you bring domain knowledge from previous experiences which combined with data science skills will boost your opportunities to find your dream job.  

Using our Burning Glass software, here is some important information to consider if you’re interested in this sector. Burning glass is a web scrapper that crawls the web to grab relevant data (job descriptions, in our case) and compile it in a way that is easy to understand. 

Here is a small snippet of what this industry has to offer and how you can potentially find a career fit. To note, the following data is pulled from the last six months and is nationwide. 

NOC Code: 2172 Database Analyst and Data Administrators 

Average salary: $76,232

Educational Requirements

  • % with bachelor’s degree: 46%
  • % with graduate degree: 26%

Top 5 industries

  • Professional scientific and technical services
  • Informational
  • Retail trade
  • Educational services
  • Mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction 

Top 10 Employers

  • Scotiabank, Amazon, CGI Group, Desjardins group, IBM, Bell Canada, Manulife, General Motors, Deloitte, TD Bank

Skill Clusters

  • IT Database Administration, Data management, Data Warehouse, Extraction, Big Data 

Most requested soft skills

  • Communication, teamwork, problem solving, planning, writing 

Most requested hard skills 

  • SQL 
  • Python
  • Oracle 
  • Software development 
  • Teradata DBA

Now that you have an overview of the Data Science and Analytics sector, the next logical question is what do I need to do to be part of this exciting space? To get some facetime with working professionals, join us on August 11th at 6:00pm at our FREE expert panel.


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