These are the Key
Skills Needed for
Data Analytics

These are the Key
Skills Needed for
Data Analytics

Hiring managers for data science and business analytics roles are famous for being hyper-demanding: they want unicorns, modern-age Renaissance men and women, jack-of-all-trades, walking encyclopedias, polymaths, and Jedi masters.

The key skills commonly found in the best data analysts and scientists fall into three categories: Computing, Statistics and Business. Most academic degrees and bootcamps focus on one of these areas. Principal Analytics Prep’s CDS curriculum places all Three Pillars on equal footing, giving you the solid foundation for your data career. Our mission is to train you to solve business problems using data and quantitative analyses.

  • I’ve seen them pull from literature and anthropology and philosophy and economics and sociology on top of statistics and math and computer science. The best data scientists are going to have a well-roundedness to them that no MOOC could ever provide with an introduction to Hadoop and R and a tutorial on Random Forest.

    John Foreman

    Mail Chimp

    John Foreman
  • Once you realize that I’m interested in literally everything about your background except how well you program, it changes the game for how you think about the employment market.

    Kevin Novak

    uber

    Kevin Novak
  • I try to hire individuals that are really capable across the board. They can get into the data but they can also be salesmen and get in front of clients and actually promote stuff.

    Rick McFarland

    uber   uber

    Rick McFarland

The 3 Pillars
of a
Data Analyst -
Data Scientist

Traditionally, each Pillar has developed on its own, under names such as Operations Research, Statistics, Decision Science, Management Science, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Management Information Systems, Information Technology, Design of Experiments, Marketing Research, and Observational Studies. Principal Analytics Prep’s curriculum allows you to integrate the core knowledge in each key discipline, creating a powerful synthesis that appeals to hiring managers who are demanding unicorns.

Our top-notch instructors cover every Pillar of the field of data science and business analytics: Computing, Statistics and Business. You will learn about Python and NoSQL databases; machine learning and statistical models; mobile apps and web analytics; financial statements and business communications; and many other topics. The key components of the CDS curriculum are in the Three Pillars diagram.

The 3 Pillars
of a
Data Analyst -
Data Scientist

Hiring managers want new hires to be productive right away. Equipped with CDS training, you will have a rock- solid foundation, and an ideal launchpad for your new career.

What is a Typical
Day like at
Principal
Analytics Prep?

What is a Typical
Day like at
Principal
Analytics Prep?

If you are ambitious, determined, and a fast learner, Principal Analytics Prep’s CDS is created especially for you. The 12-week Certified Data Specialist immersion program is a full-throttle educational experience, featuring full days of lectures, occasional guest speakers, social activities and career counselling sessions. CDS is designed by seasoned industry professionals to prepare you for the demanding data science and analytics profession.

The schedule for a sample week in the 12-week program includes these industry-leading features:

• A balance of Computing, Statistics and Business courses, taught by our top-notch faculty
• Guest lectures from our network of expert practitioners
Assignments to reinforce lectures
• Social hours to bond with your classmates
• Career guidance throughout your job search

All CDS students are required to complete the full 12- week program at our top-grade facility in New York City.

A Typical Day at
Principal Analytics Prep

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Principal Analytics Prep is located at the Harvard Business School Startup Studio in New York City. The HBS Startup Studio nurtures innovative startups founded by HBS alumni.

We can help you navigate your career transition into business analytics or data science, an exploding field with huge growth. Fill out the following form to schedule a free consultation with our counselor, to receive program announcements, or to request an application.

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