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Engineering, Technology, Data and Physical Science

Data Science & Technology

Data Science

Data science professionals create and utilize powerful methods to collect, curate, analyze, and make discoveries from large-scale data. Data science is focused on the concepts, methods, and applications for extracting meaning from “big data” and is one of the fastest growing disciplines of the 21st century. Opportunities are found in many industries, depending on the type of data you want to work with: finance, technology, medicine, economics, retail, marketing, and more.

Sample Job Areas

  • Data analysis/statistics: Collection, processing, and display of data to spot trends, model predictions, and make decisions
  • Data engineering and architecture: Design, building, and management of information infrastructure and architecture that analyze and process data
  • Database administration: Management of the planning, development, performance, integrity, and security of a database and troubleshooting issues
  • Research and development: Formulation and prototype implementation of original concepts and algorithms to solve problems in data science; creation and implementation of novel machine learning and statistical approaches
  • Actuarial: Analysis of the financial consequences of risk and uncertainty—especially those of concern to insurance and financial programs



Technology professionals use software, hardware and information technology (IT) as tools to identify solutions in every industry, such as healthcare, government, education, and e-commerce. The job areas below can be found in all types of agencies, from corporate giants to small start-ups, government agencies, and non-profits.

Sample Job Areas

  • Software Engineering and Development: Design, creation, testing, and maintenance of computer applications software and systems
  • User Experience and User Interface Design: Application of end-user research, knowledge, and psychology to build or change how a product “feels” (user experience) or how a product is laid out (user interface)
  • Web and Application Development: Creation and updating of a website's look, layout, and features using skills in graphic design and programming
  • Systems Engineering: Development, testing, and evaluation of software, circuits, and computers using knowledge of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis
  • Security: Planning and implementation of security measures to protect computer systems, networks, and data
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Use of computer systems for capturing, storing and displaying data related to positions on the earth’s surface
  • Research and Development: Design and development of new technology-based products, services, and processes


Vault Access Instructions

The link to create a free Vault account and access the guides referenced above is located within Handshake in the Resources section.