According to Forbes, “Women hold only about 26% of data jobs in the United States. There are a few proposed reasons for the gender gap: a lack of STEM education for women early on in life, lack of mentorship for women in data science... to name a few.”
“Black and Latino high school students are being shortchanged in their access to high-level math and science courses that could prepare them for college” and for careers in fields like data science.”
“Of all the technical education fields studied, data science had the lowest representation of female students, at just 35.3%.” And 11.8% of students enrolled in data science fields of study were black or Latino.
Nationally, the average data scientist salary is $130,134 and the top 5 states included Kansas, Arizona, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin.
Data analysts are in high demand: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024—much faster than the average for all occupations.
The numbers reveal that this demand is set to create 3.3 million jobs in the Salesforce ecosystem by 2022 — that’s a substantial leap from last year’s forecast of 1.9 million new jobs by 2020.
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