By Christine MageeToday, Andela is excited to announce a partnership with Big Data University, an IBM initiative that aims to train 1 million data scientists around the world in the next 10 years.According to a recent Glassdoor report, data science is the most lucrative career in tech.The median salary for a Data Scientist in the U.S. is a cushy $116,000, and there are over 1,700 open jobs. It makes total sense — as businesses of all kinds are overloaded by massive amounts of data, data scientists are essential to sift through the noise and uncover insights that power smart business decisions.
Super excited by our partnership with IBM to build 1 million data scientists in Africa. Interested? Visit https://t.co/DinkMgmT50 Pls RT!
— Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (@iaboyeji) March 2, 2016
Big Data University, which launched last year, offers free courses about big data and databases. Each course is followedby a knowledge assessment, and if you pass it, you earn a certificate of achievement from IBM that you can show off at your next job interview.In January, two Andela developers joined IBM to build out the new Big Data University site and course management platform, and an additional two are on-boarding this month.Through the official partnership, Andela is helping IBM tap into tech communities across Africa to recruit future data scientists on the continent. The first step? Creating a customized landing page for users in Africa.For more on Big Data University, head over to the site. And let us know what you think!